Kernville, CA – On June 5, 2015, Sequoia ForestKeeper® (SFK), a nonprofit organization, won a judgment in its lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service for approving a logging project in the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

The Hume Roadside and Recreation Site Hazard Tree Project was unlawfully attempting to sell trees from within The Monument where tree removal is restricted by Presidential Proclamation to where “clearly needed” for ecological restoration and maintenance or public safety.

The judge’s opinion establishes justifiably tough standards the Forest Service must meet if it ever wants to remove trees from the Monument in the future.  


The Sequoia ForestKeeper® mission is to protect and restore the ecosystems of the southern Sierra Nevada – including both the Sequoia National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument – through monitoring, enforcement, education, and litigation.

By acting as the eyes, ears, and voice of the forest, SFK seeks to improve land management practices, to promote land stewardship, to enforce existing laws and regulations, to implement public awareness programs, and to offer assistance to local land management agencies.

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Sequoia ForestKeeper®
P.O. Box 2134
Kernville, CA  93238

Phone/FAX: 760-376-4434
Toll Free:  866-Keep Trees (533-7873)


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Latest News from the Forest
Nov. 25, 2015
Attached you will find our fall newsletter containing many of the exciting things that have been keeping Sequoia ForestKeeper staff really busy. The article contents are below. Please forward to friends who you believe might be interested in news of the forest.

Note: access to Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument is limited in winter. The Hume Lake Ranger District has closed all of the Rough Fire area with access limited to the Hume Lake Christian Camp. Most of the roads accessing the Western Divide Ranger District most of the Giant Sequoia Grove roads are now closed. The Camp Nelson area including the Belnap Grove remains open. The Kern Plateau roads are closed at the snow line and just west of the South Fork Kern bridge at Kennedy Meadows. The Greenhorn Mountain dirt roads will all be closed by November 30, as will Breckenridge Mountain, and the Piute Mountains. 

Oct. 22, 2015
Sept. 25, 2015
July 29, 2015
Please find more information in our letter to SWRCB (State Water Resources Control Board) and write your comment to SWRCB and email to Rick Satkowski.
Please address the petition by including the following subject heading.
RE: June 8, 2015 Temporary Urgency Change Petition Concerning SWP/CVP and Water Deliveries, in relation to the April 6, 2015 TUCO.
July 6, 2015
These two pdfs contain the SFK and WURU objections that were submitted as an addendum to our previous complaints that current SWRCB orders, which enable water diversions to commercial industry, damage the environment without regard to impacts to wildlife or the public trust.
June 19, 2015     
The use of irrigated water for livestock feed crop production is both wasteful and unreasonable during this time of drought in California; such use also conflicts with the “waste or unreasonable use” section of the California Constitution. 
The Biomass Monitor - June 2015 - In Memory of those who have Fallen 
February 28, 2015
February 13, 2015
December 2, 2014
September 30, 2014
September 22, 2014
September 2, 2014
August 1, 2014
April 16, 2014
March 18, 2014
SFK Sues Forest Service over Logging Project
January 23, 2014
Summer 2014 Job Opportunities - (4 positions) click to download the announcements.
December 16, 2013
December 13, 2013
November 25, 2013
Hume Hazard Tree Removal Appeal
November 14, 2013
November 12, 2013
October 31, 2013
October 3, 2013
October 2, 2013
September 12, 2013
September 3, 2013
New Programs Director  - Alison Sheehey, aka Nature Ali
August 28, 2013
August 1, 2013:
Intern Presentation Announcement

July 23, 2013:
Action Items
Please visit these links to sign petitions or send letters via our associate organizations.

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