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Wilderness Permit Reservations Upgrade

Wilderness permit reservations for the Sierra National Forest (SNF) moves to Recreation.gov making the reservation process for overnight visitors much easier with move.

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.”

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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.

Remember to always enjoy the National Parks responsibly. Here are some tips.

  • How to enjoy the great outdoors more ‘responsibly’ by practicing the principles of ‘leave no trace’, camping and wildlife safety, and fire prevention awareness.
  • The many physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature such as reducing stress and anxiety, all helpful after enduring months of lockdowns and travel restrictions.
  • The guide includes an interactive map showing highlights and useful insights into the top national parks in the US.
  • Plenty of useful tips, practical advice, and other resources to stay safe in parks and recreate outdoors responsibly

You can find the full version of the guide here – https://www.loveholidays.com/holidays/enjoying-us-national-parks-responsibly/

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.sierranfinfo@usda.gov or by calling one of the Forest Offices, High Sierra Ranger District (559) 855-5355 ext. 3300, Bass Lake Ranger District (559) 877-2218 ext. 0, or the Supervisors Office (559) 297-0706.


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