KNP Complex Wildfire Tree Hazard Mitigation in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (parks) are preparing a Post KNP Complex Wildfire Tree Hazard Mitigation Environmental Assessment to evaluate alternatives to minimize the threat to public safety and NPS infrastructure from tree hazards killed or otherwise damaged by the KNP Complex Wildfire.

The KNP Complex wildfire (KNP) burned over 88,000 acres of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (parks) in fall of 2021, resulting in high levels of tree-mortality, particularly in areas that burned at moderate to high severity. Where the fire crossed roadways, many of the fire-killed trees are now considered tree hazards - meaning they pose a direct risk to human safety and property due to the likelihood of their failure and potential to hit a human or man-made target.

The current proposed action is to mitigate all tree hazards along roadways within the KNP burn perimeter, including sections of the Generals Highway, Mineral King Road, Crystal Cave Road, Crescent Meadow Road, and Redwood Canyon Road.

The parks are seeking public input on the proposed action from July 22, 2022 until midnight, August 21, 2022. The NPS anticipates that the environmental assessment will be available for public review and comment in winter 2022/2023.

Feedback that provides insights about feasible alternatives the NPS should consider, resource considerations in addition to those identified, or scientific information the NPS should consider in its analysis are particularly helpful.

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Contact Information

Elly Boerke, 559-565-3102