04.05a Inyo Sequoia Proposed Wilderness_map

There is a lot more going on than just a presidential campaign. In California,  we are deliberating many wilderness policy directions that demand considerate attention. The above map and the key below describe Alternative C of the Forest Service’s New Forest Management Plan for both the Inyo and the Sequoia National Forests. All told, this plan secures over 940,000 acres of new wilderness and over 77 miles of Wild & Scenic river designations. Deadline for public input is August 25th. Here is the Link to the Forest Service’s information Page. After the Key below, I’ve added the text for two different emails that I encourage you to copy and paste into the body of the email and send to both Kevin Elliot, Supervisor of the Sequoia National Forest, and Ed Armenta, Supervisor of the Inyo National Forest, respectively. The emails were written by Calwild.org. Thank you, This, we can protect. This, we can do.

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Map Key

01. Deep Springs North Proposed New Wilderness
02. Glass Mountains Proposed New Wilderness
03. Ansel Adams Wilderness
04. Dexter Mountains Proposed New Wilderness
05. White Mountains Wilderness
06. Piper Mountain Wilderness
07. Excelsior Mountain Proposed New Wilderness
08. Inyo Mountains Wilderness
09. Jennie Lakes Wilderness
10. Monarch Wilderness
11. Durwood Proposed Wild & Scenic River
12. South Sierra Wilderness
13. Golden Trout Wilderness
14. Long Canyon Proposed New Wilderness
15. Slate Mountain Proposed New Wilderness
16. Boundary of Golden Trout Wilderness
17. Cannell Peak Proposed New Wilderness
18. Hatchet Creek Proposed New Wilderness
19. Rattlesnake Creek Proposed Wild & Scenic River
20. Domelands Wilderness
21. Stormy Canyon Proposed New Wilderness

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To: Sequoia National Forest Supervisor Kevin Elliot

E-mail: r5planrevision@fs.fed.us

Adopt Alternative C for the Sequoia National Forest Plan Revisions!

Thank you for soliciting public comments in response to the Sequoia National Forest draft plan. I’m disappointed that the Forest Service’s preferred Alternative B recommends no additional wilderness on the Sequoia Forest. Protecting wild places and rivers ensures that present and future generations may enjoy them; helps boost the local economy; provides important refuge for fish, wildlife, and plants; and protects important sources of clean water and air. Because it provides a more balanced approach, I urge you to adopt an improved Alternative C for the final management plan.

I support Alternative C’s recommendation for more than 206,904 acres of additional wilderness. In particular, I support the recommended additions to the Domeland, Golden Trout, South Sierra, Monarch, and Jennie Lake Wilderness areas, as well as the recommended new areas, including Stormy Canyon, Cannell Peak, Hatchet Peak, Slate Mountain, Long Canyon, and Dennison Peak. Wilderness protection of these areas will protect the water quality and the biotic integrity of existing and eligible Wild & Scenic Rivers.

Unfortunately, Alt. C does not include the Rattlesnake and Durwood Creek watersheds, perhaps the most important potential addition to the Golden Trout Wilderness. At least the lower portion of these watersheds should be recommended for addition to the Golden Trout Wilderness.

I support the Forest Service’s affirmation of previously determined eligible Wild & Scenic Rivers on the Sequoia Forest, including segments of the Kings, lower Kern, Little Kern, and Tule Rivers. However, I am disappointed that no new eligible streams were identified, including segments of Trout, Salmon, Rattlesnake, Durwood, Brushy, Dry Meadow, and Mill Flat Creeks. Many of these streams provide critical aquatic refuge for at risk fish and amphibian species, provide outstanding whitewater recreation, and preserve the biotic integrity of existing Wild & Scenic Rivers. They deserve protection as eligible Wild & Scenic Rivers and I urge that they be included in the final plan.

I urge that Alternative C be improved with standards and guidelines that better protect wildlife species at risk, old growth and complex early seral forests, and aquatic and riparian ecosystems. The final alternative chosen should also increase the use of prescribed and managed fire for ecosystem improvements and ensure that actual metrics are used to maintain a wide range of recreational and visitor use.

Please inform me when you adopt a final plan for the Sequoia National Forest.

Sincerely,

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To: Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta

E-mail: r5planrevision@fs.fed.us

Adopt Alternative C for the Inyo National Forest Plan Revisions!

Dear Supervisor Armenta:

Thank you for soliciting public comments in response to the Inyo National Forest draft plan. I urge you to adopt an improved Alternative C for the final management plan.

I’m disappointed that the Forest Service’s preferred Alternative B recommends only 37,000 acres of wilderness. I support Alternative C’s recommendation for more than 744,000 acres of wilderness. Alternative C proposes to protect important additions to the Ansel Adams, White Mountains, Inyo Mountains, Piper Mountain, South Sierra, and Golden Trout Wilderness. It also protects new wilderness areas such as the Glass Mountains, Dexter Canyon, Excelsior, and Deep Springs North.

I also support the Forest Service’s identification of more than 160 miles of free flowing rivers and streams with outstanding natural and cultural values as eligible for wild & scenic river protection. I urge the Forest Service to consider Dexter Canyon eligible as well.

Conserving these wild places ensures that present and future generations may enjoy them; helps boost the local economy; provides important refuge for fish, wildlife, and plants; and protects important sources of clean water and air.

I urge that Alternative C be improved with standards and guidelines that better protect wildlife species at risk, old growth and complex early seral forests, and aquatic and riparian ecosystems, as well as increase the use of prescribed and managed fire for ecosystem improvements.

Please inform me when you adopt a final plan for the Inyo National Forest.

Sincerely,

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