Saturday, July 08, 2017

Giant Sequoia National Monument: 27 Monuments Stop #17

The Wishbone Tree, Black Mountain Grove
Giant Sequoia National Monument, California.  October 3, 2011
Photo by Derek Kendzor
CC BY-SA 3.0

National Monuments in Danger

We are down to the final days of the comment period!  Please, take the time today to comment on the fate of this national monument, any of the other 27 monuments on the Interior Department's list, or on the fate of all of them.  

To comment on the monument review process (due July 10, 2017):

Unfortunately, life doesn't always make time for passion project, and as the deadline for comments on the 27 National Monuments in Danger creeps to within hours, I am still scrambling to finish my first posts on the monuments.

This is the second to the last of the 22 "land" monuments for me to do a first post on, and I've written the text of a long post on Ironwood Forest National Monument, so I will at least get those done in time!

I probably was in this monument once in my life, long before it was a monument, while visiting Sequoia National Park as a kid, but that was a very long time ago.  I remember the trees in the park, and this monument was created to protect vital groves that were left beyond the boundaries of the park, but are still worthy of protection.

In this day and age, there really is no reason to cut down a tree that is thousands of years old.  I am not sure that anyone is really interested in harvesting these trees at this point, anyway, but that doesn't mean that they should be left unprotected, and these forests need to be managed properly for them to survive.

As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, "Supporters of the monument say the designation has been critical for conservation of the giant sequoias, a species limited to a narrow 250-mile belt on the western flanks of the Sierra Nevada."

Giant Sequoia National Monument (as of June 2017) - PDF

To comment on the monument review process (due July 10, 2017):


Rubble - National Monuments in Danger:

Giant Sequoia National Monument


Official Website


Giant Sequoia National Monument Association:


Presidential Proclamation --  Giant Sequoia National Monument

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