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Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan

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avatar Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan
June 29, 2009 09:50PM
The Giant Sequoia National Monument (Monument) is a publicly owned treasure in California's southern Sierra Nevada. The Monument's diverse geologic formations, ecosystems, and human history hold unique opportunities for public education, scientific study, and recreation. In April 2000, President Clinton proclaimed 328,000 acres of the Sequoia National Forest as the Giant Sequoia National Monument. The Presidential Proclamation required that a management plan be completed within three years. In January 2004, the Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan (Plan), which provided for use by an international public as well as for the protection and restoration of 33 giant sequoia groves and their ecosystems, was published and implementation began. Subsequently, two lawsuits were brought challenging the Plan. In October 2006, Federal District Court Judge Charles Breyer found in favor of the plaintiffs and remanded the Plan to the U.S. Forest Service "…so that a proper Monument Plan can be developed in accordance with the Presidential Proclamation,… and in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)…"

In January 2008, a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement was published in the Federal Register and we began a year-long collaborative scoping process for development of a new Plan. A draft version of the Desired Conditions and the Purpose and Need have been shared at public meetings and posted for your review and input.

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