Sequoia National Forest
Located in central California, northeast of Bakersfield and east of Fresno, the Sequoia National Forest is one of the most famous and popular national forests – possibly because it is named after the world’s largest tree, the giant sequoia.
The forest encompasses 38 groves of giant sequoia within its 864,991 acres. Majestic granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons, roaring whitewater, and lush meadows characterize the landscape. Peaks rising to more than 12,000 feet in the rugged high country provide millions of visitors each year with spectacular views of mountainous landscape. Deer and bear live in the forest, along with 19 threatened and endangered species and 44 sensitive animal species – including the California golden trout, the state fish.
What We Are Doing
In 2002, the Sequoia National Forest experienced the largest wildfire in its history. More than 150,000 acres burned – through oak woodland and Sierra Nevada forest and into ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests. This damage, combined with tree loss from a large fire just two years earlier, created a tremendous need for replanting.
We have planted more than 30,000 Jeffrey pine & white fir trees to help hold back competing vegetation, restore fragmented wildlife habitats, prevent soil erosion, and improve the condition of the area’s watershed in this treasured national forest.