U.S. Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
For Release: 05/23/2003 Ccal-03-23
Contact: Ron Fellows 661-391-6000
BLM launches giant sequoias website
Six sequoia groves, located on Case Mountain near Three Rivers, Calif. have long been the site of intense research. Now, the Bureau of Land Management is launching a web site to share the results of that research and acquaint the public with the giant sequoia groves.
BLM's Case Mountain, with limited public access, is one of the least known of the 75 groves in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, making it ideal for studies. The web site (www.sequoias.blm.gov) provides background information, research data, and photos representing a culmination of several studies conducted by the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, Cal-Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California Fish and Game, Sacramento State University, the National Park Service, US Geological Survey and others.
The web site is ideal for students, teachers and individuals looking for information on these ancient sentinels found only in California. There are reports and photos on special status plants, spotted owls, area hydrology, bats, the affects of fire, as well as tree inventory data on each of the six groves. Additional information will be added in the future on topics such as herpetological and small mammals, invertebrates, riparian, martin and fisher inventories, fire mapping, and prescribed fire activities
Case Mountain is located seven miles east of community of Three Rivers in Tulare County, near Sequoia National Park. Designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) in 1997, the BLM managed area on Case Mountain encompasses 18,530 acres.