General Management Plan
Dear Friend of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks:
On this website, the Final General Management Plan and Comprehensive River Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Middle and South Forks of the Kings River and North Fork of the Kern River can be found by clicking the "Document List" link in the column to the left.
The plan is presented in three volumes. The first volume includes the Purpose of and Need for Action, and the Alternatives. The second volume includes the Affected Environment, Environmental Consequences, Appendixes, Glossary, Selected Bibliography, Preparers and Consultants, and the Index. The third volume presents the Comments on and Responses to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
The purpose of the Final General Management Plan is to establish a 20-year vision for what Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks should be, including desired future conditions for natural and cultural resources, and visitor experiences. The document also includes a comprehensive management plan for the portions of the Middle and South of the Kings River and the North Fork of the Kern River, which have been designated by Congress as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system. The purpose of the river management plan is to provide direction and overall guidance on the management and uses of lands within the river corridors.
A searchable version of the complete Final General Management Plan and Comprehensive River Management Plan is being sent on CD to all who requested a copy. Print copies of the plan will be available soon at Tulare, Fresno, Kern, and Inyo County libraries. The plan and previous newsletters are posted on this website or the NPS website for Sequoia and Kings Canyon at http://www.nps.gov/seki/parkmgmt/index.htm. If you require a print copy please contact the park at 559-565-3101.
The National Park Service's mission is to preserve natural and cultural resources unimpaired while simultaneously providing for public enjoyment. The plan's preferred alternative was developed with public input by combining elements of the original alternatives through a process known as "Choosing by Advantages" to accommodate sustainable growth and visitor enjoyment, protect ecosystem diversity, and preserve basic character while adapting to changing user groups.
The Freedom of Information Act requires that the National Park Service make comments, including names and addresses of respondents, available for public review. Requests by individual respondents that their address be withheld from the record were honored to the extent allowable by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, are available for public inspection in their entirety in Volume Three.
We thank you for your interest and participation in this planning process. We appreciate your concern for the future of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Craig C. Axtell, Superintendent
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks