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Issuance of Commercial Use Authorizations- Wilderness

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The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness Stewardship Plan (WSP) Extent Necessary Determination established limits on commercial service days (CSDs) for stock and non-stock, including caps on a wilderness-wide basis, and specific caps for the Mount Whitney Management Area. See for an electronic copy of the final WSP. After approval of the WSP in 2015, park staff developed an implementation plan that included three alternative CSD allocation models.

In 2018, the park selected Alternative 2: Limited CUAs, Hybrid CSD Allocation for the initial 2018-2019 CSD allocation system. Alternative 2 allows a total of 30 wilderness CUAs. Eighteen (18) non-stock CUAs (of which up to 10 may convey a MWMA CSD allocation), and 12 stock CUAs (of which up to 4 may convey a MWMA CSD allocation). The park is now requesting public input on the 2020-2021 CSD allocation model which is slightly modified from the 2018-2019 model.

We will hold two public informational meetings to present proposed changes and receive feedback on the CSD allocation alternative. Information on the public meetings is posted on the left side of the page under "Meeting Notices." The meeting format will be open house, with an opportunity to provide comments directly to the project team members. A copy of the meeting presentation will be posted on this website following the public meetings to allow for comment.

The Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) program authorizes the provision of suitable commercial services to park area visitors, as long as three conditions are met: the services (a) will have minimal impact on the park area's resources and values; (b) are consistent with the purposes for which the park area was established; and (c) are consistent with all applicable park area management plans, policies and regulations.

In the future, the Park may undertake a Commercial Services Plan to provide direction for management of guided commercial services in wilderness and non-wilderness portions of the park over the next 10-20 years. This plan would provide details on how the park's commercial service program would be managed to achieve overall park goals and meet desired resource conditions and visitor experiences. This type of planning effort would be undertaken as a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and will include the opportunity for public comment.

Thank you for your interest in this issue.

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