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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 establishes 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 http://parkplanning.nps.gov/sekiwild for an electronic copy of the final WSP. Since the approval of the plan in 2015, park staff have been developing an implementation plan that includes CSD allocations. Part of the implementation process involves public input to identify potential issues with alternative allocation systems in order to refine the alternatives and determine the National Park Service preferred alternative.

We now have three alternatives for the allocation system and are requesting public input on the alternatives.

The Commercial Use Authorization Program Changes and Commercial Service Day Allocation Alternatives are now posted on this site under "Document List." Official comments must be made through this site, or in writing to: Superintendent, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Attn: Commercial Services, 47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers, CA 93271 or by fax at 559-565-4253.

We will hold two public informational meetings to present the three alternatives and discuss the implementation schedule of CSD allocations. 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 goal of the public comment period is to gather comments regarding the upcoming changes to the Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) program at SEKI, including the CSD allocation alternatives.

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 will be managed to achieve overall park goals and meet desired resource conditions and visitor experiences. This type of planning effort will be undertaken as a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and will include the opportunity for public comment.

Public comments will be accepted until June 23, 2017.

Thank you for your interest in this issue.

Contact Information
Jason Watkins
559-565-3107