The National Park Service has completed the Wilderness Stewardship Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement (WSP/FEIS) for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The final step was taken on May 27, 2015, with the signing of the Record of Decision (ROD) by the National Park Service's Pacific West Acting Regional Director Patty Neubacher.

* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Conduct internal scoping to develop preliminary issues and impact topics
Step 2. Conduct external scoping with the public, tribes and agencies
Step 3. Prepare scoping comment report
Step 4. Develop preliminary alternatives
Step 5. Public review of preliminary alternatives
Step 6. Refine alternatives and analyze the effects
Step 7. Select preferred alternative
Step 8. Prepare draft plan/environmental impact statement
Step 9. Public review of draft plan/environmental impact statement
Step 10. Analyze public comments and prepare comment report
Step 11. Prepare final plan/environmental impact statement
Step 12. Release final plan/environmental impact statement to the public
Step 13. Prepare Record of Decision document
Step 14. Notify public of decision *
Step 15. Implement selected alternative

The implementation of changes from current wilderness practices and restrictions—especially changes that directly affect public use—will be phased in over the next few years. Phased implementation will provide for adequate opportunities to inform the public of changes the WSP will make in public use and access in wilderness.

If you are interested in learning more about the plan, please review the documents on this website, or contact Nancy Hendricks at 559-565-3102 or by emailing