PRIVATELY OWNED CABINS IN MINERAL KING ALLOWED ON NOW EXPIRING SPECIAL PERMIT LEASES. RENEW LEASES? EXPRESS YOUR OPINION TO OUR CONGRESSPERSONS.
When Congress added Mineral King to Sequoia National Park in 1978 there were several private cabins in the area, being leased from the Forest Service. Owners were given special permits to stay for 25 years or until owner died. These permits could be renewed for 25 years more or until the permit holder died.
The permits are expiring. Cabin owners are upset. The Park has suggested this compromise: if the cabin owners choose to donate the cabins to the Park, those cabins that meet current standards would be available for public use with the current cabin owners given priority for reserving the cabins. Otherwise cabins would, by law, have to be removed at the owners' expense. the Sierra Club Kern-Kaweah chapter supports this Park proposal as a fair compromise between public and private use of public land.
However some cabin owners are unwilling to relinquish their exclusive use of public land and they asked local Congressman Devin Nunes to support them. H. R. 4058 is the result. This bill would mandate the Park service to renew the cabin permits in perpetuity. Call Congressman Nunes 559.733.3861 to tell him he should withdraw his bill, as it does not support the public interest.
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