Sequoia National Park - Kings Canyon

April 2012

Once again, the rights of disabled equestrians are being trampled on by the environmental extremists.

They are proposing restrictions to "commercial packers" to access the back country in Sequoia National Park - Kings Canyon

"After more than nine decades of providing horses, mules and guides for trips through the back trails of Sequoia National Park, Balch Park Pack Station's future may depend on a federal judge's decision in May.

That's when National Park Service officials and a group that successfully sued it will submit to a federal judge proposals of how to manage the wilderness areas of Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.

Until that happens, the Park Service has announced it will not issue permits to "commercial packers" to bring their horses, mules or other pack animals into the wilderness areas of the two parks.

That decision stems from a January determination by a U.S. District Judge that the agency violated the Wilderness Act of 1964 by granting special-use permits allowing commercial packers to operate in Sequoia and Kings Canyon.

If the judge doesn't alter his ruling, Balch Park Pack Station co-owner Dianne Shew said her business and other commercial packers that make use of the neighboring national parks could be out of business."  Visalia Times-Delta - April 4, 2012

Read the full article in the Visalia Times-Delta

Letter to Kings_Canyon_Superintendent April 2012

Write your own letters to:

Ms. Karen Taylor-Goodrich
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Attn: Wilderness Stewardship Plan
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271