Sierra National Forest
Credit: Sierra National Forest file photo
March 5, 2021 - Sierra National Forest (SNF), Clovis, CA. – Launching on March 09, 2021, overnight visitors to the SNF wilderness areas will be able to make their wilderness permit reservations using the website Recreation.gov. This replaces the current system, by which reservations were submitted by mail, or in person, and processed manually. Recreation.gov provides trip planning and reservation services for public lands nationwide, using it for wilderness permit issuance will bring the forest into alignment with the adjacent Inyo National Forest, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
“This new way of reserving a permit will be in real-time, showing availability information, as well as instant reservation confirmations," says SNF Recreation Officer Jody Nickerson-Powell. “Recreation.gov also eases the payment process and provides more specific information for different entry points. We believe that wilderness visitors will find the new system and trip planning a much better experience.”
Visitors will now be able to begin making wilderness permit reservations on March 09, 2021 at 7:00 AM (PST). In the meantime, please explore the Sierra National Forest’s Wilderness Permit information on Recreation.Gov to learn about this new opportunity prior to the go live date. https://go.usa.gov/xsRyU
The permit system is an essential part of the forests’ wilderness stewardship efforts, as it provides the opportunity for solitude and other valued wilderness characteristics by managing the number of people recreating in sensitive ecosystems and ensures visitors have the information to protect themselves and the wilderness environment. When excessive use occurs at the same time, the opportunity for solitude decreases, vegetation can be damaged, erosion is accelerated, and the risk of water pollution increases.
Questions can be directed to the Sierra National Forest, at SM.FS.email@example.com or by calling one of the Forest Offices the High Sierra Ranger District at (559) 855-5355 ext. 3300, Bass Lake Ranger District (559) 877-2218 ext. 0, and the Supervisors Office (559) 297-0706.
Source: Sierra National Forest