NOW: As the administration's top forestry official, Rey has pushed for new rules for road building and fire prevention that allow companies to cut more and bigger trees in areas including the Tongass National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument
Hanson continued: "That the Bush administration would target such a revered refuge for logging raises a serious question: If the Giant Sequoia National Monument
isn't safe under this administration, what is?
With the recent establishment of Giant Sequoia National Monument
, it is indeed a new day for these trees here and in 13,000 acres of old-growth sequoia groves on public lands outside of neighboring Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by timber and off-road vehicle interests that challenged President Clinton's authority under the Antiquities Act to establish Giant Sequoia National Monument
No doubt, though, Muir would have been pleased to hear then-president Bill Clinton quote him last year while unveiling Giant Sequoia National Monument
The same month, California congressman Mel Levine introduced a bill to permanently protect 365,000 acres of national forest lands as a new Giant Sequoia National Monument
. The two-unit monument would include several outstanding sequoia groves both north and south of Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.
"This is not about locking lands up," Clinton argued while dedicating Giant Sequoia National Monument
in California last year, one of 22 monuments he designated or expanded by presidential proclamation during his two terms in office.
The effort to preserve California's Sierra Nevada won a major victory in April 2000 when President Clinton designated the 328,000-acre Giant Sequoia National Monument
, and another in January 2001 when the U.S.