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Boone and Crockett Club Commends Forest Service for Initiating Emergency Fuel Reduction Projects to Protect Giant Sequoias


MISSOULA, Mont. – The Boone and Crockett Club thanks the U.S. Forest Service for today’s action to initiate emergency forest treatments to reduce the immediate threat of catastrophic fire in giant sequoia groves. The agency announced that it would be using existing authorities under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) to remove surface and ladder fuels on more than 13,000 acres in order to protect 12 giant sequoia groves. Boone and Crockett Club chief executive officer Tony Schoonen offered the following comment on the action:

“The Boone and Crockett Club supports the Forest Service actions today to immediately start work to protect the iconic sequoia groves in California from wildfire using its long-standing emergency authorities. Our national forests are overstocked across the West and the Forest Service is taking proactive measures to restore forests to healthy conditions. The Boone and Crockett Club, likewise, is working to advance funding and authorities to accelerate projects on the ground.”

More About the Boone and Crockett Club

Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. Click here to learn more about the Boone and Crockett Club.