In April, President Trump instructed the Department of Interior to review Giant Sequoia’s national monument designation. We believe Secretary Zinke recommended no changes to the monument, according to a leaked copy of his report, but the monument remains in limbo for now.
Established: April 15, 2000
What is Giant Sequoia Known For?"Ancestral forms of giant sequoia were a part of the western North American landscape for millions of years. Giant sequoias are the largest trees ever to have lived, and are among the world's longest-lived trees, reaching ages of more than 3,200 years or more." (Proclamation)
Why is Giant Sequoia Threatened?
- Climate change: As climate change exacerbates drought conditions in California, sequoias are suffering from less water. Sequoias need room to adapt and spread to higher altitudes as rising temperatures make their current range uninhabitable. As global temperatures continue to increase, sequoias will need to have as much room as possible in contiguous habitat to spread where they can survive at higher altitudes.
- Logging: Logging in the forests surrounding the sequoia groves can harm the standing sequoias and their seeds, preventing reseeding and growth.
What can we do?We can challenge President Trump and Secretary Zinke's unprecedented move to potentially ERASE protections for Giant Sequoia. The legal case against the president is strong -- the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 affirmed that only Congress has the authority to modify national monuments. But in addition to lawsuits we need the Senators from California to do all they can to make sure Giant Sequoia protections remain in place.
Both Sens. Feinstein and Harris support Giant Sequoia. We want to make sure they know we agree with them and challenge them to do even more to protect it.