Originally Posted by FlashP
National Monument or National Park = National Park Service, Dept. of Interior
National Forest or Grassland = US Forest Service, Dept. of Agriculture
Changing to a NP shouldn't affect anything on the radio, the same folks will be there. Maybe they'll get a temporary boost in budget to go with the publicity.
In addition to the NPS managing national monuments there are some managed by the BLM, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Defense Department and the NOAA. Portions of the Sequoia National Forest are designated as the "Sequoia National Monument." Now the public can be really confused with a National Park, a National Forest and a National Monument (USFS managed) sharing the name "Sequoia" with the added factor that the public largely holds the idea that national monuments are NPS managed. The Forest Service also administers two national monuments in Alaska. This because the monuments are within the boundaries of the Tongass National Forest.
The BLM has national monuments (17) in several states and one of them in California is the Carrizo Plain National Monument west of Bakersfield. It preserves a relatively intact Central Valley grassland. Another is the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument that can cause confusion as it includes BLM, USFS, CA State Parks and tribal land. Each agency manages their land within the monument, but coordinate their management so that the monument is managed in accordance with purpose the monument was established by Presidential proclamation.
The Forest Service manages 7 national monuments, the NPS (76), the USFWS (6), DOD (1) and NOAA (1). Monuments can be established by the President alone or by the Congress followed by the Presidents signature. National Parks are established by the Congress passing a bill that the President signs, or vetoes as the case may be.
If the redesignation of this unit increases visitation some additional funding may result, however, it would probably come from the budgets of other parks as I don't think an increase in funding to the agency as a whole will be forthcoming. Increases in visitation to the whole park system have not been matched by funding increases in the past.
Nothing will change as far as radio procedure. If visitation increases more radio traffic may result, but only time will tell. The owner of 18,000+ acres of land adjacent to the park wants it to be included in the park. I read this somewhere a while back and don't remember if he wants to receive fair market value or what.
I think Sequoia-Kings provides at least law enforcement dispatch services to Pinnacles, but the California Mobilization Plan shows the Los Padres being the channel that they use to order resources for a fire. I'm thinking that the NPS pays CDF for fire suppression at Pinnacles.