Calaveras Big Trees State Park

A group of giant sequoias and other tall trees stand silent in old-growth forest Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, in the South Grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park, south of the North Fork Stanislaus River in Tuolumne County. This location is more than a 10-mile walk from the park's popular North Grove. The road to the South Grove trailhead was closed Saturday at the park entrance. 

A nonprofit group advocating for emergency action to reduce threats of a megablaze that could burn up the Mother Lode’s share of rare and dwindling giant sequoias in Calaveras Big Trees State Park continued calling for urgent action Friday, criticizing state parks authorities’ response to their initial call to action earlier this month.

The state has identified $7 million to invest over the next five years to further advance forest stewardship, reduce forest fuels accumulations, and restore natural fire regimes, “including areas of the park where such management has long been deferred,” Matthew Bellah, a state parks administrator whose job title is Central Field Division chief, wrote to Dr. Vida Kenk, an ecological biologist and president of the nonprofit Calaveras Big Trees Association in a letter dated Feb. 14.