It’s a “big week” for California’s national and state parks, notes KTVU.
The Fourth of July holiday is still a couple days away, but staff is hard at work on preparation for Independence Day.
“This is our busiest week of the year,” said Keith Bensen, a biologist at Redwood National Park in Crescent City.
Bensen said visits to Redwood National Park have gone up in the last five years and they now see more than one million visitors a year. This increase can be “tricky” when it comes to a “big week” like the Fourth of July holiday, Bensen said.
The holiday brings increased wear and tear to trails, so park staff are working on popular trails now to prepare them for this week’s visitors.
With more people in the parks, Bensen said there are crews in place to ensure that wildlife is not effected by a spike in campers.
Crowds have already turned up for the holiday weekend down in Sequoia National Park in the southern Sierra Mountains
“We’re already pretty busy. All our reservation campgrounds and walk-up campsites are full,” said Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park’s Spokeswoman Sintia Kawasaki-Yee.
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