A new direction for California wildfire policy: working from the home outward

The mission of Sequoia ForestKeeper® is to protect and restore the ecosystems of the southern Sierra Nevada – including both the Sequoia National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument – through monitoring, enforcement, education, and litigation.

By acting as the eyes, ears, and voice of the forest, SFK seeks to improve land management practices, to promote land stewardship, to enforce existing laws and regulations, to implement public awareness programs, and to offer assistance to local land management agencies.

What we Do
SFK tracks all living things in the Southern Sierra Nevada on iNaturalist. View and contribute to our projects. Sequoia National Forest. Giant Sequoia National Monument. Kern County.

Sequoia ForestKeeper®
P.O. Box 2134
Kernville, CA  93238

Phone: 760-376-4434

 Toll Free:  866-Keep Trees (533-7873)

Latest News
13 May 2019
Recommendation to Reject Petition for USDA Rulemaking to Exempt Certain Forests from the Travel Management Rule. Letter from multiple organizations to the USDA expressing concern about exempting some National Forests from the United States Forest Service’s 2005 Travel Management Rule, 36 C.F.R. Part 212. Uncontrolled access by motorized vehicles has caused many wildland fires. The Travel Management Plans help to prevent fire by controlling access in the backcountry.
30 April 2019
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1 February 2019
Inundation Zone Maps
8 October 2018
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5 September 2018
31 August 2018

13 August 2018
Cleared areas can increase fire risk. Exotic grasses carry flames faster and further grown when native vegetation is cleared. Those same exotic grasses are the ladder fuel that causes total devastation instead of the healthy mosaic pattern of fire movement. Instead of removing woody material, money should be spent finding a way to combat exotic grasses in an ecologically friendly manner. The desert never burned before exotic grasses brought in by grazing animals and their disturbance helped the grasses grow.
8 August 2018
Sequoia ForestKeeper and Sierra Club submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management on their proposal to log live and dead trees from more than 500,000 acres of California forests.
13 June 2018

The Bureau of Land Management proposes to excessively manage the Case Mountain Sequoia Grove for "hazard" tree management and fuel load. Sequoia ForestKeeper and Sierra Club wrote these comments commending BLM for allowing comments and informing them of lack of science supporting removal of trees greater than 12" diameter and how the removal of carbon stores for biomass increases carbon dioxide emissions directly exacerbating climate change.

Attachment B. Nowicki, 2018. Rethinking Forest Carbon and Energy

11 June 2018
6 June 2018
Do not destroy nature by weakening the Wildlerness Act! 150 organizations from across the nation reject the unprecedented call to weaken the Wilderness Act to allow for the use of mountain bikes in designated Wilderness.
Senate Bill, S. 2877 is a bill written to destroy more of nature by weakening the Wilderness Act to allow mountain bikes in Wilderness. The companion House bill, H.R. 1349, would also open the entire National Wilderness Preservation System to mountain bikes and other wheeled machines.
The 1964 Wilderness Act (36 U.S.C. 1131-1136) banned all types of mechanized transport, including bicycles, in designated Wilderness. Section 4(c) of that act states, “[T]here shall be…no use of motor vehicles, motorized equipment or motorboats, no landing of aircraft, no other form of mechanical transport, and no structure or installation within any such area.”
This benefits hikers, horseback riders, and especially wildlife who have less and less habitat in which to live. We have to be better stewards. Please contact your Senators and Congressperson and implore them to vote against this assault on nature.
20 May 2018
Sequoia ForestKeeper®, Wasteful Unreasonable Methane Uprising, and Ventura County Climate Hub submitted ideas to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to explore, fund, and promote (through funding for pilot projects) measures to reduce enteric methane emissions from livestock by studying the practice of eating and wasting less beef, and making sure it is grass-fed beef.
11 May 2018
It completely exempts the use of pesticides from the Endangered Species Act, effectively dooming hundreds of endangered species to extinction and making it legal to kill any endangered species with a pesticide at almost any time.
Eliminates all protections under the Clean Water Act when toxic pesticides are sprayed directly into rivers and streams.
Guts the consultation process required by Endangered Species Act on national forests by allowing the U.S. Forest Service to rubber-stamp project approvals without consulting with expert wildlife scientists at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about whether a project would put endangered species in jeopardy of extinction.

Doubles the allowed acreage for "categorical exclusions" under the National Environmental Policy Act from 3,000 to 6,000 acres per project, allowing the Forest Service to approve clearcuts under the guise of controlling insects and disease outbreaks in national forests.

Eliminates public engagement, environmental review of most Forest Service logging projects by creating 10 new categorical exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act for projects up to 6,000 acres in size.

Guts the "extraordinary circumstances" protections under the National Environmental Policy Act, allowing the Forest Service to approve destructive projects without further review even if sensitive species are present or the project is within a wilderness area.
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8 March 2018

Kern River Valley community inundation zone from full reservoir