Published On: Tue, Jun 22nd, 2021

Into The Wild: California’s National Parks Brace for Record Year

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Crowds of post-pandemic travelers are flocking to California’s national parks in record numbers. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, sitting on 865,964 acres of Giant Sequoia forest, is reportedly on track to break records in both visitation and search and rescues. “We’re definitely seeing an increase in visitation compared to [2019].” Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks spokesperson Sintia Kawasaki-Yee told The Epoch Times: “Along with the visitation, it’s probably our highest [search and rescue] year yet.” The highest visitation year for the two national parks was in 2017, with more than two million visitors, “and these numbers this year are rivaling those numbers,” Kawasaki-Yee said. At this point, she said, the parks are experiencing “probably 10 and 20 percent higher” visitation numbers than the busiest year on record. The parks recorded their highest weekend visitation on record during the weekend of the New Year’s 2021 holiday. “After the New Year’s holiday, we saw the highest visitation, even compared to middle of summer years prior, …

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