The areas within 1/4 mile of Chimney Rock in the Hume Lake Ranger District, Giant Sequoia National Monument and the Sequoia National Forest are now closed to all entry to protect the peregrine falcon nesting area.
The closure will remain in effect until Aug. 15, or until nesting concludes to avoid disturbance of nesting success of the birds.
The recovery of peregrine falcon populations in North America has been a great conservation success.
After a low point of just two known breeding pairs in California, the birds have rebounded and were removed from the California list of threatened and endangered animals in 2009.
Even so, the nest site is the only known peregrine falcon nesting area within the 183,000-acre District.
Continued protection of this site is vital to their continued success.
For updated information about the closure, contact wildlife biologist Jeff Cordes at (559) 338-2251 ext. 380.