* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Conduct external scoping
Step 2. Refine alternatives
Step 3. Identify environmental impacts and select preferred alternative
Step 4. Public review of environmental assessment
Step 5. Analysis of public comment
Step 6. Prepare final plan/decision document
Step 7. Release final plan/decision document to the public *
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are currently working with the permittee to design the tower and prepare a right-of-way permit. Construction will likely begin in 2020.
The National Park Service (NPS) has approved the plan and corresponding environmental assessment (EA) for the issuance of a right-of-way permit to Verizon Wireless to construct, operate, and maintain a wireless telecommunications facility providing cellular service near the Wuksachi Village within Sequoia National Park. On February 13, 2019, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was signed by the NPS Pacific West Regional Director, Stan Austin. The FONSI and EA constitute the record of the environmental impact analysis and decision-making process for this project.