We’ve got wonderful national monuments that make for great day trips from anywhere in the Valley.
Carrizo Plain in eastern San Luis Obispo County is like a small version of the pre-settlement San Joaquin Valley. This home of the giant kangaroo rat, Tule elk and pronghorn antelope has had a massive bloom of wildflowers in this wet year. Giant Sequoia National Monument is home to half of all existing Giant Sequoia redwood groves.
These monuments were established under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to sustain all life forms, natural physical resources, historic structures and relics, and archaeological remains.
Carrizo Plain once had vast acreages of dry land wheat farms that became uneconomic due to agricultural advances. Giant Sequoia National Monument is within Sequoia National Forest, where historic logging removed large stands of old-growth pines, firs and redwoods from what had been private lands. Later those logged-over lands were incorporated into the national forest.
President Trump has asked for a review of these monuments and 25 others throughout the West. During this review, you can comment at www.Regulations.gov. Please go there and provide support for our national monuments.
Richard E. Kangas, Selma