Quenching the Flames of Wildfire Hysteria  
 On episode #25 of the Green Root Podcast, Rachel Fazio, associate director and staff attorney for John Muir Project, clears the air on wildfire's crucial role in western forests, exposes legislation seeking to log in the backcountry under the guise of “fuel reduction,” and reminds us how making our homes Firewise is the single most effective measure we can take to protect people and property.
 

WHEN SEQUOIAS FALL

LOGGING IS NOT THE ANSWER TO PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM WILDFIRE

 

A new direction for California wildfire policy: working from the home outward

The mission of Sequoia ForestKeeper® 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.

What we Do
 
SFK tracks all living things in the Southern Sierra Nevada on iNaturalist. View and contribute to our projects. Sequoia National Forest. Giant Sequoia National Monument. Kern County.

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

Phone: 760-376-4434

 Toll Free:  866-Keep Trees (533-7873)

 
 
   
Latest News
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19 January 2022
19 January 2022

A total of 361 groups signed this petition to the Department of Interior to phase out federal oil and gas production to near zero by 2035.

20 December 2021

139 Groups Call on CFTC To Shut Down Dangerous ‘Water Futures’ Market.

3 December 2021

Sequoia ForestKeeper and Sierra Club response to Giant Sequoia National Monument - Hume Basin Restoration Project Supplemental Scoping.

24 November 2021

15 November 2021

10 November 2021

Letter calling for President Biden to cancel the Nov 17 megasale of 80+ million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas development.

8 November 2021

Comment letter to President Biden, Secretary Vilsack, and Secretary Haaland supporting protecting Greater Yellowstone and the 30 by 30 plan.

5 November 2021

22 October 2021

Hume Basin Restoration Project Scoping Comments from Sequoia ForestKeeper (SFK) and the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club.

5 October 2021

Comment letter to Interior Secretary Haaland.

27 September 2021

Comment letter to President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader Schumer supporting wildlife recovery provisions in Build Back Better.

20 September 2021

Letter to Governor Newsom from 31 stakeholder organizations requesting full funding of the Delta Independent Science Board and sign SB 821.

7 September 2021

Letter to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer to inform them of the propaganda fueled by the fossil fuel industry on the benefits of hydrogen energy.  

29 July 2021

Letter to Senator Wyden and Congressperson Neguse regarding so-called climate resiliency funding as just another way to package logging and native habitat conversion.

27 July 2021

Letter to the Council on Environmental Quality regarding the revision of NEPA implementation and executive orders that break existing caselaw. The whole NEPA revision must be rewritten to offer consistent guidance that protects the environment not the polluters.  

15 July 2021

100 organizations find the changes to NEPA under 85 Fed. Reg. 73,620 published on (Nov. 19, 2020) (“the Rule”), to permanently damage species ability to survive and exacerbate earth's destruction from climate change. The Rule undermines the Forest Service’s weighty responsibility to ensure that its actions contribute to carbon storage, promote resilience, and protect our remaining biodiversity.

4 July 2021

Groups opposed to the San Mateo and Santa Cruz plans to masticate thousands of acres of habitat in the name of fire prevention. The Forest Health and Fire Resilience Public Works Plans.

2 July 2021

SFK Executive Director comments to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2022 Scoping Plan on Natural and Working Lands (NWL) specifically addressing the carbon sequestration of intact forests and the exacerbation of climate impacts caused by logging.

28 May 2021

Letter to California Governor, Senate President pro Tempore, Speaker of the Assembly, Chairs of various budget committees, regarding the state funding of the dairy biogas industry. The dairy biogas industry benefits few Californian’s but is a detriment to many by exacerbating climate change and contributing to aquifer pollution.

20 May 2021

Letter to Secretary of the Interior Haaland to urge the Department of Interior to maintain protections of the grizzly bear under the Endangered Species Act, protect habitat, and to advocate for the funding and implementation of non-lethal co-existence measures to support communities living near bears. The best available scientific information indicates there is no biological or legal justification for delisting any grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states at this time.

20 May 2021

Joint letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack expressing deep concern about the future of the endangered grizzly bear urging that he direct the Forest Service to amend select Land Management Plans that we detail below in order to better protect grizzly bears and facilitate their recovery since the majority of grizzly habitat in the lower 48 states is found on national forests.

20 May 2021

Letter to the chairpersons’ of the House Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee regarding the fate of the iconic and endangered grizzly bear and other large mammals. With a request to increase funding to stave off the worldwide rising extinction rate of all mammals.

20 May 2021

Letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg requesting funding for roadway wildlife crossings that save the lives of both people and animals.

16 March 2021
More Than 70 Groups Reject Proposed California Wildfire Budget Favoring Timber/Habitat Clearance Interests Over Communities at Risk. The Newsom administration’s stated goal is to log, clear, or burn 500,000 acres of habitat per year, potentially causing environmental damage on a level California hasn’t experienced since the 1800s when old-growth forests were clear cut and thousands of acres of native habitat were overgrazed by livestock. Most of these projects will be far from communities most at risk.

24 February 2021

Sequoia ForestKeeper responded with comments on the "Salvage and Hazard" tree logging for the Castle (SQF Complex) Fire.

19 February 2021

Many organizations wrote this letter to the Acting Secretary of Agriculture regarding Forest Service Decisions Finalized Between January 20, 2017, and January 20, 2021 for Review under Executive Order 13990.
We requested the United States Forest Service (USFS) modify or withdraw environmentally damaging actions pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 13990. We request to elevate review of imminent final decisions made during the last four years.

19 February 2021

SFK and many other organizations commented on proposed rangeland management directives where the Forest Service sees a need to increase grazing on its system lands contrary to science on invasive species and livestock grazing.
The agency bias toward livestock grazing, comes at the expense of the many other uses of national forest land. Livestock grazing causes immense damage to native vegetation, soils, and water quality, and frequently helps spread noxious weeds. Grazing also degrades and fragments wildlife habitat and is a major contributor to global warming, as livestock, especially cattle, emit much methane, a greenhouse gas.

2 February 2021

Thirteen organizations submitted comments on how to be good environmental stewards in the rewriting of the Forest Products Modernization - Batch 2 #ORMS-2747.

28 January 2021
This letter from 39 conservation organizations requested that the Department of Agriculture immediately implement a targeted, 60-day elevation of Forest Service decisions for the purposes of determining whether imminent decisions comply with the new administration’s policies for environmental protection, sound stewardship, climate pollution reduction, and roadless area protection. This includes the Sequoia Complex/Castle Fire Roadside Hazard Tree Project in the Giant Sequoia National Monument (CA) that would permit commercial logging of 9,455 acres of old and large trees along 130 miles of roads, including within Giant Sequoia Groves, and would destroy essential denning habitat for the endangered Southern Sierra Nevada Pacific Fisher, of which less than 250 individual fisher still exist. The Forest Service intends to issue a categorical exclusion approving the project, which it could do at any time.

12 January 2021

Hundreds of conservation groups wrote President-Elect Biden to address the current public health crisis and develop an economic recovery plan, green, long-term jobs performing vital conservation and restoration work.

8 January 2021

Sequoia ForestKeeper and Sierra Club, Western Watershed, and Basin & Range Watch submitted these comments concerning the Isabella Pumped Storage Project, FERC Project No. P-15035 (Isabella Project or proposed project).

1 January 2021

A new boondoggle proposal to build dams above Fay Canyon, Erskine Canyon, or Cane Canyon in Wofford Heights brings a new threat to the Kern River Valley. SFK created maps to show where the proposed dams would be located.