Sequoia seedlings carefully planted by volunteers earlier in the Spring are now in the heat of summer and experiencing the driest time of the year. While under natural regenerative conditions after fire, some sequoia seedlings do manage on through summer to become 2,000 year old grandaddies, most fail. Mortality is high . . . but so are the numbers of seeds dropped by parent trees.
Our seedlings, on the other hand, where hand-planted, not in the millions, but rather in the tens (39 to be exact). We want them to have every chance possible to survive thus watering them is one thing we can do.
Giant sequoias are among the largest and oldest trees in the world, growing only in a narrow band along the western slopes of our Sierra Nevada mountains. The monument preserves half of the remaining sequoia groves on the planet including unique flora and fauna. The Sequoia helps mitigate climate change considering that they store more carbon than any other tree on the planet. Giant Sequoia trees don’t exist in isolation and require the broader forest ecosystem -- which provides canopy cover and water to survive. Reducing the boundaries of the Giant Sequoia National Monument directly threatens the survival of the ancient groves and the species that rely upon them. A 2001 court decision already found that 327,000 acres is hardly enough area to protect the Sequoia groves and other objects of value.