Giant Sequoia National Monument
On April 15, 2000, President Clinton created Giant Sequoia National Monument with a presidential proclamation. The good news is that the proclamation that created Giant Sequoia National Monument stiputlated that snowmobile travel must be restricted to designated roads. That's a big improvement because they used to be allowed to roam cross-country.
The bad news is that the Forest Service is proposing that essentially every road on the monument be designated open to snowmobile use. Because it is almost impossible to get more than 1/2 mile from a road, you will never be able to get away from snowmobile noise and pollution. On top of that, unless you navigate by map and compass, you are relegated to skiing on roads with the snowmobiles because there are almost zero marked ski and snowshoe only trails on the monument.
Please send your comments on the GSNM Draft Management Plan
Tell the FS you are not happy with their management.
An email now is the closest thing you have to voting against their management plan.
This issue is as clear as night and day. You will not be able to get away from the roar of snowmobiles on Giant Sequoia National Monument unless the Forest Service changes their proposed management plan.
Sending an email will take you only five minutes. Please do it now.
Deadline is December 3, 2010.
Write the Forest Service Today
Send an email to the Forest Service at:
In your own words:
- Tell the Forest Service you are commenting on the Draft Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan.
- Tell them why you ski or snowshoe.
- Tell them that the monument should include places where you can ski and snowshoe away from the sounds of motor vehicles and experience the solitude that you expect in a place as special as Giant Sequoia National Monument.
Be sure to include your name and address.
Snowlands Network will submit detailed comments on the proposed Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan. These comments are the technical basis for why the proposed plan is not fair, is based on invalid information and is contrary to law. Your comments will show the Forest Service that there are people who care about the quality of their winter recreation — free of noise and pollution, and safe.
Thank you for helping Snowlands Network and our community of friends.
The Draft Management Plan for Giant Sequoia National Monument can be found at: