Welcome

Stewards of the Sequoia are people who enjoy all types of recreation including:

Off Road Vehicles, Mountain Bikes, Horse Riding, Hiking, Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Windsurfing, Boating, Rock Climbing and more...
See Stewards "Who We Are" video.

We put our time and sweat into the trails we love as the largest on the ground volunteer organization in the Sequoia National Forest to keep trails open to everyone.

Others have told us that we cannot share our public lands. We know we can and do. We encourage all people to share the trails. We believe that no one group of users has more right to enjoy public lands than another.

There are enough Public Lands for all to use and share.
 
 
 
Stewards Volunteers are no longer allowed to maintain Sequoia Trails in Sequoia National Forest 
 
Sadly, Sequoia Kern River District Ranger Al Watson wrongfully terminated Stewards of the Sequoia volunteer trail maintenance agreement of 15 years on 3/17/20.
For six months Stewards have tried everything we can to urge the Forest Service to reinstate Stewards successful trail volunteer program all to no avail.
 
Stewards of the Sequoia have always been respectful, professional and helped to meet the Forest Service Mission performing an incredible 4000 miles of trail maintenance since 2004.
We are extremely concerned by the District Range's allegations to the contrary and without any evidence. Stewards of the Sequoua have done more trail work than any other volunteer group and perhaps more trail work than the Forest Service has done over the same period of time. We are sorry to see the District Ranger is acting in an arbitrary and capricious manner and making libelous claims against Stewards of the Sequoia which are disrespectful and unprofessional.

Congressman McCarthy submitted a letter to the Forest Chief on 4/2/20 asking that she ensure "Stewards of the Sequoia's First Amendment rights are not violated, and that the decision to restore the Stewards’ volunteer service agreement is based on this group’s performance of its duties under this agreement, not on policy disagreements or website postings that are unrelated to the volunteer service agreement". Instead Forest Officials have taken further discriminatory action against Stewards and refuse to provide any evidence to back up their claim that Stewards of the Sequoia have been disrespectful, unprofessional or do not help to meet the Forest Service Mission.

The Forest Service has repeatedly stated they lack the resources to maintain Sequoia trails. There has been a huge increase in the public use of Sequoia National Forest lands during COVID. There is absolutely no justification for turning away successful productive volunteers like Stewards of the Sequoia. The termination does not cite any issue with any of Stewards volunteer work. Now more than ever the Forest Service needs to allow Stewards volunteers to help maintain trails and reduce environmental impacts. We just want to help on the trails as we have done for 15 years.
 
Stewards continue to reach out to Forest Chief Vicki Christiansen in the hope of getting Stewards of the Sequoia volunteers back on the ground in Sequoia National Forest.
Due to continued Forest Service discriminatory and libelous actions against Stewards of the Sequoia Due we have been compelled to file this formal compliaint with the USDA on 9/8/20 
  • Congressman McCarthy submitted this strongly worded letter to Forest Service Chief Christianson urging the Forest Service to restore Stewards of the Sequoias volunteer agreement based on our past performance working with the Forest Service.
  • You can read our letter to Supervisor Benson asking to be reinstated HERE, as well as Ranger Watson's termination letter HERE 


TOGETHER WE CAN KEEP OUR TRAILS OPEN

About Stewards of the Sequoia
Stewards of the Sequoia members care deeply about our lands, wildlife and forests. We represent all people who enjoy multiple use trails. Founded in 2004, our Trail Appreciation volunteers perform maintenance on over 200 miles of trail each year as a Forest Partner. See our Volunteer Hour Meter for the total hours and miles our volunteers have donated.

Check our Events Page and find out how you can help keep your trails open and healthy. Check out the Wall of Fame to see who helped on trails this year.

We do not tolerate trail closures unless there is a valid reason. Then we try to fix the problem, instead of allowing the trail to be closed.

We sponsor tree plantings to speed up the renewal of the largest fire in the history of the Sequoia National Forest, the McNally 150,000 acre wildfire area.

We support the Forest Service in common sense management of our forest to promote forest health.

We promote Responsible Recreation and Environmental Stewardship.

Stewards of the Sequoia was formed in 2004 to help keep trails open to everyone.

 

We are your Grass Roots Trail Advocates.
We are a volunteer based non profit 501c3

 

Read what others have to say about Stewards of the Sequoia.

Enough Public Lands for All of Us to Enjoy Facts to counter those who want to restrict recreation on public lands
 
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