Wednesday, October 24, 2018

NEWS RELEASE


National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks News Release
For Immediate Release                               
Contact: Sintia Kawasaki-Yee, Public Affairs Officer
Media Contact: (559) 565-3131
E-mail: sintia_kawasaki-yee@nps.gov
  Reference Number: 8550-1866
Sequoia National Park Seeks Public Comment:
Environmental Assessment for Cellular Facility at Wuksachi Village
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. October 24, 2018 – The National Park Service (NPS) has released an environmental assessment that evaluates a proposal by Verizon Wireless to install a wireless communications facility near Wuksachi Village in Sequoia National Park. The NPS is required by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to consider all applications for the installation of cellular equipment on NPS lands.

Verizon Wireless is proposing to construct a 138-foot cellular tower west of Wuksachi Village to achieve a coverage objective that includes a portion of the Generals Highway, the Wuksachi Village, Lodgepole, and Wolverton areas. Antennas would be directed, as much as possible, away from the wilderness. The proposed tower would be located in an established utility site west of Wuksachi Village at the end of an existing paved access road, which provides access to existing above-ground water storage tanks. No improvements to the access road would be necessary for either construction activities or subsequent maintenance of the new telecommunications facility.

The proposed wireless communications facility would include the following components within a 40-foot by 40-foot area adjacent to two existing above-ground water storage tanks:
  • A 138-foot tall tower with panel antennas and microwave dishes, potentially constructed to simulate a pine tree, mounted on a 4 to 5-foot diameter footer
  • A covered 28-foot by 13-foot steel equipment platform
  • A 500-gallon propane tank mounted on a concrete pad

An estimated 1,420 feet of buried electrical cable would be installed along the existing access road to connect the tower to an existing electrical transformer. Two 14-inch diameter fir trees would be removed from the facility site. A total of approximately 0.23 acres of land within the park would be affected by the project, including the trenched area adjacent to the access road (0.19 acres), and the communications facility (0.04 acres).

Sequoia National Park is interested in public input on the environmental assessment for this project. The environmental assessment can be reviewed, and comments provided, through the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/WuksachiCellTower. A limited number of printed copies are available and can be obtained by calling Nancy Hendricks, Chief of Planning and Compliance, at 559-565-3102.

Written comments may be sent via mail or hand-delivery to:

Superintendent
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Attn: Wuksachi Village Cell Tower
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Written comments may also be faxed to (559) 565-4202.

All written comments about this project must be transmitted, postmarked, or hand-delivered by November 26, 2018.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. 
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About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

These two parks, which lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada in Central California, preserve prime examples of nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Over 2 million visitors from across the U.S. and the world visit these parks to see the world’s largest trees (by volume), grand mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, the highest point in the lower 48 states, and more. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/seki or 559-565-3341.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
559-565-3341 | www.nps.gov/seki

NEWS RELEASE


National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks News Release
For Immediate Release                               
Contact: Sintia Kawasaki-Yee, Public Affairs Officer
Media Contact: (559) 565-3131
E-mail: sintia_kawasaki-yee@nps.gov
  Reference Number: 8550-1866
Sequoia National Park Seeks Public Comment:
Environmental Assessment for Cellular Facility at Wuksachi Village
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. October 24, 2018 – The National Park Service (NPS) has released an environmental assessment that evaluates a proposal by Verizon Wireless to install a wireless communications facility near Wuksachi Village in Sequoia National Park. The NPS is required by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to consider all applications for the installation of cellular equipment on NPS lands.

Verizon Wireless is proposing to construct a 138-foot cellular tower west of Wuksachi Village to achieve a coverage objective that includes a portion of the Generals Highway, the Wuksachi Village, Lodgepole, and Wolverton areas. Antennas would be directed, as much as possible, away from the wilderness. The proposed tower would be located in an established utility site west of Wuksachi Village at the end of an existing paved access road, which provides access to existing above-ground water storage tanks. No improvements to the access road would be necessary for either construction activities or subsequent maintenance of the new telecommunications facility.

The proposed wireless communications facility would include the following components within a 40-foot by 40-foot area adjacent to two existing above-ground water storage tanks:
  • A 138-foot tall tower with panel antennas and microwave dishes, potentially constructed to simulate a pine tree, mounted on a 4 to 5-foot diameter footer
  • A covered 28-foot by 13-foot steel equipment platform
  • A 500-gallon propane tank mounted on a concrete pad

An estimated 1,420 feet of buried electrical cable would be installed along the existing access road to connect the tower to an existing electrical transformer. Two 14-inch diameter fir trees would be removed from the facility site. A total of approximately 0.23 acres of land within the park would be affected by the project, including the trenched area adjacent to the access road (0.19 acres), and the communications facility (0.04 acres).

Sequoia National Park is interested in public input on the environmental assessment for this project. The environmental assessment can be reviewed, and comments provided, through the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/WuksachiCellTower. A limited number of printed copies are available and can be obtained by calling Nancy Hendricks, Chief of Planning and Compliance, at 559-565-3102.

Written comments may be sent via mail or hand-delivery to:

Superintendent
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Attn: Wuksachi Village Cell Tower
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Written comments may also be faxed to (559) 565-4202.

All written comments about this project must be transmitted, postmarked, or hand-delivered by November 26, 2018.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. 
 - NPS -
About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

These two parks, which lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada in Central California, preserve prime examples of nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Over 2 million visitors from across the U.S. and the world visit these parks to see the world’s largest trees (by volume), grand mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, the highest point in the lower 48 states, and more. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/seki or 559-565-3341.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
559-565-3341 | www.nps.gov/seki

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

NEWS RELEASE- Cedar Grove Pack Station Selected to Operate Cedar Grove Pack Station and Grant Grove Stables in Kings Canyon National Park


National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks News Release
For Immediate Release                               
Contact: Sintia Kawasaki-Yee, Public Affairs Officer
Media Contact: (559) 565-3131
E-mail: sintia_kawasaki-yee@nps.gov
  Reference Number: 8550-1865
Cedar Grove Pack Station Selected to Operate Cedar Grove Pack Station and
Grant Grove Stables in Kings Canyon National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. October 23, 2018 – The National Park Service (NPS) has selected Cedar Grove Pack Station, owned by Timothy B. Loverin, to operate the Cedar Grove Pack Station and Grant Grove Stables under a new five year concession contract with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

“We are pleased to continue working with Mr. Loverin as the concessioner for the Cedar Grove Pack Station and Grant Grove Stables,” said Woody Smeck, superintendent for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. “The National Park Service is excited to provide visitors with the opportunity to experience Kings Canyon National Park’s spectacular natural and cultural resources in a way so many have done over the centuries.” 

The new five year concession contract with Cedar Grove Pack Station begins January 1, 2019. New operations are expected to be ready for visitor enjoyment at the beginning of the season, May 11, 2019.

Services under the new concession contract will continue current guided horseback ride operations and incorporate the implementation of new guidelines set forth by the Sequoia and Kings Canyon Wilderness Stewardship Plan, finalized in 2015. Cedar Grove Pack Station will be also be authorized to provide additional services such as souvenir sales, vending, special events, guided pack stock services, and instructional courses related to stock instructional skills.

Background
The existing concession contract was awarded to Timothy B. Loverin and Patty Loverin on June 1, 1997, for a four-year term, with an expiration date of May 31, 2001. The NPS continued visitor services under the existing concession contract through annual continuation letters to avoid service interruptions during prospectus development. A prospectus was finalized and announced on March 28, 2018 and proposals were accepted through August 15, 2018.

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About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

These two parks, which lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada in Central California, preserve prime examples of nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Over 2 million visitors from across the U.S. and the world visit these parks to see the world’s largest trees (by volume), grand mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, the highest point in the lower 48 states, and more. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/seki or 559-565-3341.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
559-565-3341 | www.nps.gov/seki