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"An independent agency of the Federal Government, this council was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. It advises the President and Congress on matters pertaining to the preservation of historic, archaeological, architectural, and cultural properties."


July 2, 1999

Michael Tollefson
Superintendent
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9651

RE: Proposed General Management Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA

Dear Mr. Tollefson:

Thank you for your recent letter in which you notified our office about the planning process initiated by the National Park Service to create a new General Management Plan (GMP) for Sequoia National Park. We appreciate the opportunity to offer our views on the references undertaking, and look forward to providing our assistance as the planning process moves forward. We have received a great deal of information from the residents of Mineral King regarding their interest in and concerns for the future of the Mineral King community. Since the management of this community is one component of the proposed GMP, we would like to offer some initial recommendations.

We understand that the Mineral King Advocates, consisting of the Mineral King Preservation Society and the Mineral King District Association, have been active participants in the GMP planning process thus far. They recently provided our office with a copy of the, "Mineral King Living Historic Community Proposal," that was submitted to you in April 1998. We believe this proposal, offers a unique partnership between the community and NPS for the future preservation, management, and interpretation of Mineral King, is worthy of consideration by you and your staff. One of the cited purposes of the National Historic Preservation Act is to establish a commitment on the part of the Federal Government to assist local communities in expanding and accelerating their historic preservation programs and activities. It encourages Federal agencies to develop partnerships with States and local entities, among others, to administer the national preservation program. We hope, therefore, that you will carefully consider the opportunity to form such a partnership with the Mineral King community and that you will include such a cooperative arrangement for the reservation of Mineral King in the alternatives for consideration in your draft GMP and EIS for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Again, thank you for allowing us to provide you with our views on this topic. The Council looks forward to working with you as the planning progresses. If you have any questions concerning this matter or would like to discuss it further, please contact Jane Crisler in our Denver office at (303) 969-5110.

Sincerely,

Don Kilma
Director
Office of Planning and Review

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