Replanting Efforts

The National Park Service (NPS) has decided to replant sequoia and mixed conifer tree seeds in areas of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks affected by high-severity wildfires. This includes groves impacted by the 2020 Castle Fire and 2021 KNP Complex Fire.

Field surveys and planting activities will be conducted with the goal of recovering severely burned giant sequoia groves and adjacent habitat for the endangered fisher. Public engagement played a key role, with thousands of comments received during the planning process.

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Restoring Iconic Forests

The selected approach aims to restore the groves and habitat to their pre-fire conditions by mimicking natural recovery. Surveys will determine where planting is needed across approximately 1,200 acres and 6 giant sequoia groves.

Initial focus will be on the Redwood Mountain Grove and Board Camp Grove. Ongoing data analysis continues, with efforts aligned to prevent further loss of sequoias and fisher habitat.

Preserving Natural Resources

The decision complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and seeks to avoid permanent damage from the wildfires. This includes preventing the conversion of forests into high-severity shrub communities.

Detailed information on the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and supporting documents are available on the NPS website.

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