Landmark WPA fire lookout – Buck Rock Lookout will be undergoing a rehabilitation during the Summer of 2012. Work is scheduled to begin the first week of June, with the replacement of a section of the 1942 era stairway. Access along the stairway and to the lookout cab will be closed to visitors during the month of June, when the majority of the rehabilitation is expected to take place. However, docents will be on hand as often as possible to provide information and updates about the project and nearby recreation opportunities.
Buck Rock is located in Sequoia National Forest off the General’s Highway that spans Sequoia and Kings Canyon Nation Parks. Take the Big Meadow Rd.
Visitors are welcome to come by and watch the progress of the project from below. The lookout is expected to re-open for July 4th. Please call the Hume Lake Ranger District Office (559-338-2251 for update.)
Meanwhile a second fire lookout -Needles, off of Highway 190 near Ponderosa that burned down last year, the Sequoia National Forest(SQF) has committed to beginning the process to rebuild the Needles Lookout and its tower. Through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) the Forest is determining if there are any “significant issues” for natural and cultural resources, and/or social concerns that may need to be address prior to or during reconstruction. They are also beginning to follow up on the outpouring of public interest and offers to help rebuild the lookout, so we can determine how best to plan and organize the rebuild.
Through coordination and cooperation with the Buck Rock Foundation, Sierra Club, and Giant Sequoia Monument Association over the next few months we hope to have in place conduits for accepting donations of money, expertise, and determining how to integrate volunteer labor. Over the next six months we hope to begin developing blue prints, materials lists, equipment, and labor needs, and a signed NEPA decision. Please contact the Buck Rock Foundation, P.O. Box 540, Squaw Valley, CA 93675 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org