Tree health a challenge

While some people blame the Giant Sequoia National Monument for a perceived lack of management of the forest east of Porterville, the tying of the hands of the U.S. Forest Service to manage the forest began in the late 1980s.

It was in 2000 when President Bill Clinton established the Giant Sequoia National Monument, closing off another 328,000 acres of the forest from timber sales and some other uses. Today, that monument, along with 26 others, are under review by the Department of Interior per order of President Donald Trump. The comment period on that review ended Monday.

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