Rehabilitate Halstead Meadow, Picnic Area Facilities & Grounds for Visitor Enjoyment & Safety
Halstead Meadow, located near Generals Highway between the Lodgepole area and the Dorst campground, is one of the largest montane meadows in Sequoia National Park. The meadow is partially within the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness. Past restoration work has been highly successful, and included the construction of a bridge on the Generals Highway (replacing the existing culverts) to improve the area's hydrology, and using heavy equipment to fill large gullies, followed by replanting the area with native vegetation.
Sequoia National Park is interested in any public concerns or opportunities related to this proposed restoration. After analyzing comments received during the scoping period the park will determine the level of analysis needed.
You will find supplemental information about the proposed project and an opportunity to comment through this website under Document List.
All written comments concerning this project must be transmitted, postmarked, faxed or hand-delivered by July 14, 2017.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Attn: Halstead Meadow Phase 3
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
Written comments may also be faxed to (559) 565-4202.
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Located at 7,000 feet elevation, the 21-acre Halstead Meadow is one of the largest montane meadows in the national parks. Sequoia National Park began to restore the meadow in 2007 and only six acres remain to fully complete this effort. The work has included construction of a bridge over the meadow to improve the area's hydrology and create a more sustainable road crossing. The remainder of Halstead Meadow contains a deep and unnatural gully which was created from past erosion. An existing erosion control structure near the picnic area and the meadow outlet (approximately 1,000 feet in length) has lowered the water table in adjacent areas that were former wetlands. This has resulted in the destabilization of the meadow, the lowering of the water table in the area, and the subsequent loss of wetlands vegetation.
After the successful completion of the first two phases of the Halstead Meadow Restoration Project, the National Park Service (NPS) seeks public input on the third and final phase of the project. Approximately six acres of Halstead Meadow is proposed for restoration. The proposed action includes filling a large gully and grading the meadow surface to restore natural conditions, followed by replanting with native vegetation. The project would evaluate whether two existing erosion control structures would be removed or stabilized in place, as part of the restoration. The proposed project includes improving visitor services in the area including improvements to the picnic area, restroom, and adding informational displays or exhibits.