In the early 1990's, several bills were introduced in Congress to protect the last range of the Giant Sequoia within the Sequoia National Forest. When the Republican majority in 1992 appointed Congressman Don Young of Alaska to chair the Natural Resources committee, our hopes for protection were dashed. Congressman Young promptly took the word "Natural" out of the committee's name, signaling a new attitude of hostility toward environmental protection on that committee, and refused to hold any hearings on the bill.
Nonetheless, this legislative proposal, originally drafted by he Giant Sequoia Task Force, and introduced into Congress by Congressman George Brown, served as the groundwork for what was eventually proclaimed the Giant Sequoia National Monument. We retain this information here for the historic record. This was the last version of the bill to be introduced, in 1997.