SFK Comment and Sign-on Letters in 2020

23 December 2020

Supplemental comments from SFK and Sierra Club regarding the Castle Fire Roadside and Recreation Site Hazard Tree Project. Scientific evidence shows that trees, especially pines, can survive even if 100% of the foliage is burned, and that many scorched trees will flush the next year and survive a fire.

23 December 2020

Hume Lake Ranger District Hazard Tree Project Scoping Comments from
SFK and SC. Because tree removal is proposed from the Giant Sequoia National Monument and from habitat for the endangered Pacific fisher, additional NEPA scrutiny in an EA or EIS will be required.

1 December 2020

A coalition of conservation organizations submitted a joint comment letter on the proposed modification of the rule for assessing fees for excess and unauthorized grazing (36 CFR 222.50). Forest Service staff GAO interviewed said that unauthorized grazing penalties are too low to act as an effective deterrent to rogue operators or livestock.

November 25, 2020
Comments regarding the Castle Fire Roadside and Recreation Site Hazard Tree Project Scoping from Sequoia ForestKeeper (SFK) and the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club (SC). SFK and SC urge consideration of our specific comments. Because tree removal is proposed from the Giant Sequoia National Monument and from habitat for the endangered Pacific fisher, additional NEPA scrutiny in an EA or EIS will be required.

16 November 2020

Comments from multiple conservation organizations including SFK to the United States Forest Service regarding the Forest Products Modernization Batch 1 #ORMS-2688, i. e., proposed timber directives in the 2400 series Forest Service Manual and Handbooks. The proposed directives need modification. The agency should modify the directives as described above and issue a new draft version for public comment. Any such issuance must comply with 36 CFR 216.

29 October 2020

A coalition of forest conservation organizations objects to the US Forest Service proposal of new regulations governing Federal oil and gas resources on National Forest System lands, 36 CFR 228.100 et seq., as described in the Federal Register notice of September 2, 2020 (85 Fed Reg 54321 et seq.) and the environmental assessment (EA) prepared for this rulemaking. The proposed rules weaken existing requirements for public involvement and analysis of impacts. 

23 October 2020
Comment letter from SFK regarding Forest Service’s proposed addition of e-bikes to its travel management directives, e-bike use on NFS lands as an objective.” 85 Fed. Reg. 60129 (Sept. 24, 2020).
Issue #2 – The new directive properly categorizes e-bikes as motorized vehicles.
Issue #3 – E-bikes on trails will likely increase the displacement of other trail user that do not want the conflict or disruption of their experience of hiking or riding horses on trails without fear of conflict or potential collisions.
Issue #4 – All bicycles uses on trails should be subject to the same requirements for public involvement and environmental review as e-bikes, and this review should be done retroactively.
Issue #5 – E-bikes pose additional hazards that regular bicycles do not because they all have flammable and potentially explosive lithium-ion batteries, leading to increases in fire risk.

8 October 2020
Comment letter from 176 Conservation organizations to Interior Department Secretary Bernhardt urging withdrawal of two proposed rules related to habitat designation under the Endangered Species Act.

5 October 2020

Environmental groups oppose the misguided and frivolous Senate Bill  S.4431 the “Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020” introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and its misguided Congressional companion bill H.R. 7978 the “Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020” introduced by Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1).

25 September 2020
Comment letter from SFK and other organizations urging the BLM to halt the oil and gas lease sale proposed for December, 2020 in Kern County.

24 September 2020
Comment letter from SFK and other organizations opposing a dairy manure to energy project that was approved by the California Air Resources Board.

10 September 2020

Comments regarded the proposal to build a new campground at Lava Butte

4 September 2020
Comment letter to US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and NOAA regarding the unlawful definitions of habitat. Either “habitat” definition exceeds the Services’ powers under the Endangered Species Act (ESA or Act) because the idea of “existing attributes” undermines the statute’s purpose, policy, and mandates.

1 September 2020

Letter of objection from Sequoia ForestKeeper and many other organizations to the country of Denmark on their importation of American forest products to use in climate destroying biomass energy.

3 August 2020

27 July 2020

8 July 2020

Sequoia ForestKeeper and other groups register strong objection to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) horse herd reduction plan that was proposed on May 8, 2020 by nominee-to-oversee-the-BLM William Perry Pendley.

8 July 2020

Ninety-one conservation, sportsmen, public interest, and wildlife advocacy organizations, representing over 3.9 million Americans, call for the immediate resignation or removal of William Perry Pendley from his position of Deputy Director for Policy and Programs of the Bureau of Land Management, “exercising the authority of the Director.”

20 May 2020
Comment letter to the California Department of Water Resources regarding the Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Indian Wells Valley.

30 April 2020
SFK Supplemental Comment to the CalEPA complaint, COMP-43436, concerning the use of water owned and controlled by the State of California on land owned by the State of California to produce livestock (via leasing of land, grass, and associated onsite spring surface water sources to a private rancher for cattle grazing and cattle watering purposes).

16 April 2020

Exclude all riders in the 2021 appropriations bill that prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) from considering greater sage-grouse for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

30 March 2020

The Manti-La Sal National Forest grazing allotment management plan is unreasonably narrow; it illegally eliminates reasonable alternatives for improper reasons; it dismisses nearly all concerns about climate change and grazing impacts on the uplands, including Little Dry Mesa; and prevents the public from being able to judge and comment on alternatives that address cattle distribution issues by capacity and stocking rate analysis, grazing, and rangeland management changes rather than structural water improvements.

24 March 2020

One hundred twenty-two organizations including SFK agree on the Five Principles for Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus.
1. Legislation must focus on combating the coronavirus pandemic and providing emergency
relief directly to the people and communities who need it.
2. There must be absolutely no funding for fossil fuel executives and shareholders or that
would promote fossil fuel production or infrastructure.
3. Funds should be provided for investment in zero emissions, sustainable energy technologies
and equitable programs that will support healthy communities free of pollution.
4. Recovery funds should provide long-term security in the just and equitable energy
transition for fossil fuel workers and communities economically dependent on fossil fuel
5. Congress must ensure stimulus plans protect the economy from the risks of climate change.

19 March 2020

Sequoia ForestKeeper is among 577 utility justice, labor, faith, consumer and environmental groups that urged state governors, mayors and utility regulators today to put a moratorium on electricity and water-utility shutoffs in response to the coronavirus crisis and resulting job losses.
This letter also called for deeper policy changes that deploy distributed solar and establish percentage-of-income water-payment systems to address the systemic issues leading to shutoffs.

10 March 2020

Sequoia ForestKeeper submitted comments to the Council on Environmental Quality on their arbitrary and capriciously proposed revisions to regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

8 March 2020

Letter from Ara Marderosian, Executive Director, Sequoia ForestKeeper® to the California Department of Conservation, Geologic Energy Management Division in support of a 2,500 foot setback for residential communities from oil and gas facilities.

20 February 2020

Letter to Congress from many organizations expressing strong support of the Fracking Ban Act (S. 3247 and HR 5857).

4 Feb 2020

Find documents here from an SFK request for documents from Sequoia National Forest via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

13 Jan 2020

Complaint to the SWRCB concerning the excessive use of water owned and controlled by the Central Valley Meat Company-Harris Feeding Company.