Friday, September 21, 2018

Praise and Prayer, 9/20/18

Carmella Jones has her good days and bad days; continue to pray for her chemo treatment.

Continued prayers requested for Ward and Rose Ann Brandenstein's health and healing.

Clayton requested prayer for healing for his heart murmur.

Bonnie Grindley's mouth is healing well; no biopsy is needed.

Joshua Wu will be in a hiking group today (Friday).  He asked for prayers for safety, and for salvation of the non-believers in the group.

Bruce Petersen's son, Eric, is still looking for a job.

Tina Ugalde's boss still hasn't signed off so she can start her new job.  (Should we send Clayton after him??)

Elisabeth Alcalay's husband, Eugene, is presenting a piano recital at CSUN this Saturday, September 22.

Sydney Hsueh's sister, Nikki, is moving to Texas.

And via email:
"There is still quite a bit of pain with my entire right leg and I’m having a very difficult time sleeping. I’d really like to see that change. Thanks.   (This is from Ann Crawford)"

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

NEWS RELEASE- Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Seek Public Comment: Wilderness CUA Program


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) 679-2866
E-mail: sintia_kawasaki-yee@nps.gov
  Reference Number: 8550-1854
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Seek Public Comment: 
Wilderness CUA Program
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. September 19, 2018 – On September 26, 2018 the National Park Service (NPS) will open a 30 day public comment period and hold the first of two public meetings to discuss proposed program changes for the 2020-2021 implementation cycle of the parks’ Wilderness Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) program. A second public meeting is scheduled for October 2, 2018.

Wilderness CUAs authorize a variety of guided services including day hiking, fishing instruction, backpacking, and pack and saddle (stock) services within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. An allotted number of CUAs will be authorized for a two-year period, January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.

The Parks will hold two public informational meetings to discuss the proposed updates which include modifying the timing of the CUA open season and updating educational trip guidance and wilderness variances. Proposed changes also cover first-aid and medical minimum requirements, and Commercial Service Day (CSD) allocations.

Scheduled public meetings are as follows:
September 26, 2018
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Ash Mountain Recreation Hall
46725 Sycamore Drive
Three Rivers, CA 93271
October 2, 2018
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
351 Pacu Lane, Suite 200
Bishop, CA 93514

The meeting format will be open house, with an opportunity to provide comments directly to the project team members. A copy of the meeting presentation will be posted on the NPS Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) website following the public meetings.

Questions or comments regarding the public meetings can be directed to the Commercial Services Office at seki_concessions@nps.gov or (559) 565-3103.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend the public meetings and provide official comment on the PEPC website https://parkplanning.nps.gov/SEKI_WildernessCUAS or via written statement.

To submit written comments, you may send them via mail or hand-deliver them to:

Commercial Services
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Faxed comments will be accepted at (559) 565-4253.

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

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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.

Background Information
Commercial Service Day (CSD) allocations for commercial operations in wilderness were implemented in 2018 with the approval of the Wilderness Stewardship Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement (WSP/FEIS). The WSP/FEIS and Appendix B: Extent Necessary Determination (END) established the extent to which commercial services are necessary and allowable in the parks’ wilderness areas. Additionally, the END set limits on CSDs for stock and non-stock commercial activities operating throughout the parks’ wilderness.

In 2018, the park selected Alternative 2: Limited CUAs, Hybrid CSD Allocation for the initial 2018-2019 CSD allocation system. Alternative 2 allows a total of 30 wilderness CUAs: 18 non-stock CUAs and 12 stock CUAs. The park is now requesting public input on the 2020-2021 CSD allocation model which is slightly modified from the 2018-2019 model.

If you are interested in reading the 2018 Commercial Use Authorization Program Changes and Commercial Service Day Allocation Alternatives, view the document at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/SEKI_WildernessCUAS

If you are interested in reading the WSP/FEIS, please view it on the park website https://parkplanning.nps.gov/sekiwild
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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
FAX: 559 565-3730 | Phone: 559-565-3341 | www.nps.gov/seki

NEWS RELEASE- Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Seek Public Comment: Wilderness CUA Program


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) 679-2866
E-mail: sintia_kawasaki-yee@nps.gov
  Reference Number: 8550-1854
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Seek Public Comment: 
Wilderness CUA Program
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. September 19, 2018 – On September 26, 2018 the National Park Service (NPS) will open a 30 day public comment period and hold the first of two public meetings to discuss proposed program changes for the 2020-2021 implementation cycle of the parks’ Wilderness Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) program. A second public meeting is scheduled for October 2, 2018.

Wilderness CUAs authorize a variety of guided services including day hiking, fishing instruction, backpacking, and pack and saddle (stock) services within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. An allotted number of CUAs will be authorized for a two-year period, January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.

The Parks will hold two public informational meetings to discuss the proposed updates which include modifying the timing of the CUA open season and updating educational trip guidance and wilderness variances. Proposed changes also cover first-aid and medical minimum requirements, and Commercial Service Day (CSD) allocations.

Scheduled public meetings are as follows:
September 26, 2018
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Ash Mountain Recreation Hall
46725 Sycamore Drive
Three Rivers, CA 93271
October 2, 2018
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
351 Pacu Lane, Suite 200
Bishop, CA 93514

The meeting format will be open house, with an opportunity to provide comments directly to the project team members. A copy of the meeting presentation will be posted on the NPS Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) website following the public meetings.

Questions or comments regarding the public meetings can be directed to the Commercial Services Office at seki_concessions@nps.gov or (559) 565-3103.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend the public meetings and provide official comment on the PEPC website https://parkplanning.nps.gov/SEKI_WildernessCUAS or via written statement.

To submit written comments, you may send them via mail or hand-deliver them to:

Commercial Services
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Faxed comments will be accepted at (559) 565-4253.

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

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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.

Background Information
Commercial Service Day (CSD) allocations for commercial operations in wilderness were implemented in 2018 with the approval of the Wilderness Stewardship Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement (WSP/FEIS). The WSP/FEIS and Appendix B: Extent Necessary Determination (END) established the extent to which commercial services are necessary and allowable in the parks’ wilderness areas. Additionally, the END set limits on CSDs for stock and non-stock commercial activities operating throughout the parks’ wilderness.

In 2018, the park selected Alternative 2: Limited CUAs, Hybrid CSD Allocation for the initial 2018-2019 CSD allocation system. Alternative 2 allows a total of 30 wilderness CUAs: 18 non-stock CUAs and 12 stock CUAs. The park is now requesting public input on the 2020-2021 CSD allocation model which is slightly modified from the 2018-2019 model.

If you are interested in reading the 2018 Commercial Use Authorization Program Changes and Commercial Service Day Allocation Alternatives, view the document at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/SEKI_WildernessCUAS

If you are interested in reading the WSP/FEIS, please view it on the park website https://parkplanning.nps.gov/sekiwild
 - 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
FAX: 559 565-3730 | Phone: 559-565-3341 | www.nps.gov/seki

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

CORRECTION- NEWS RELEASE- Volunteer at Sequoia National Park for National Public Lands Day


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) 679-2866
E-mail: sintia_kawasaki-yee@nps.gov
  Reference Number: 8550-1853
Volunteer at Sequoia National Park for National Public Lands Day
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. September 18, 2018 – National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 22 is a fee free day for all national parks, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Our park rangers are celebrating with a full day of volunteer activities for visitors who wish to give back during their visit to Lodgepole and Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park.

The day will kick off at the Lodgepole Visitor Center at 10 a.m. with a presentation about the importance of community science and why it matters to the diverse ecosystem of the parks. The BioBlitz will consist of identifying and monitoring wildlife and recording findings. Groups will be looking for insects, birds, and fungus. 

Other volunteer activities include trail maintenance and litter pickup. Visitors will join park rangers in rehabilitating specific trails in the Giant Forest as well as collecting trash and learning more about the parks. 

After participating in any of the volunteer activities, participants will be awarded a day pass into any public land in the United States to be used on a future date.

The day of activities will take place from 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
  • At 10 a.m., the day will start with a presentation at the Lodgepole Visitor Center about the importance of community science and current techniques of monitoring wildlife during a BioBlitz. Participants will then have the option of traveling in groups to identify and monitor wildlife, recording their findings. Some groups will specifically be looking for insects, birds, and fungus.        
  • At 12 p.m., participants can meet a ranger at the Upper Sherman parking lot to collect trash around the Sherman Tree and Congress Trails – an important activity to keep our forests beautiful.
  • At 1 p.m., participants can meet a ranger at the Upper Sherman parking lot to hike 2 miles around the General Sherman Tree and Congress Trail to rehabilitate “social” trails that have been established throughout the summer – an activity best for individuals wishing to do physical work, use tools, and enjoy a long hike.   
  • At 2 p.m., participants can meet a ranger at the Crescent Meadow parking lot to hike around Crescent Meadow rehabilitating “social” trails in order to protect the fragile meadow environment.
  • At 3 p.m., participants can meet a ranger at the Giant Forest Museum to walk the Big Trees Trail to collect trash, beautifying the region around Round Meadow.

For more information contact the Lodgepole Visitor Center at (559) 565-4436 or visit our website www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit.
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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
FAX: 559 565-3730 | Phone: 559-565-3341 | www.nps.gov/seki