Please call the Mendocino National Forest Contractor Activity Phoneline at (530) 934-1240 to receive the current Project Activity Level (PAL) .
How to Find Specific Orders
Orders which affect the entire Pacific Southwest Region will start with the prefix of R5, the next pair of digits depict the year that it was issued and the last two digits will be the Order number for that particular year.
Mendocino National Forest Orders follow a similar numbering sequence. MNF-08 indicates the Mendocino National Forest. The next two digits depict the year that the order was issued, and the last two digits is the Order number for that year. MNF-08-09-02 would be the second Order issued in 2009 for the Mendocino National Forest.
Please click on "View More Orders" below to access the archives for older Orders on the Mendocino National Forest.
Every year the Mendocino National Forest issues wet weather trail closures for Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) as trail conditions require to provide for public safety and protect natural resources during the winter season, approximately November through June.
The water system at Fouts Springs has been shut off for repairs and no water will be available at the site. Forest visitors in this area will need to bring water with them for both potable use, including drinking, as well as for any other needs. In addition to the Fouts Springs site, this shut-off will affect the Davis Flats Staging Area.
Naturally occurring asbestos can pose a health risk if disturbed and asbestos fibers are released into the air. Asbestos is typically found in ultramafic rock formations that are present in every California county.
Pursuant to 16USC551 and 36CFR261.50(b), and to protect natural resources, the following act is prohibited within the Covelo and Grindstone Ranger Districts of the Mendocino National Forest. See full closure order here.
Pursuant to 16USC551 and 36CPR261.50(b), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited within the Mendocino National Forest. This Order is effective from December 3, 2013, until the Highglade Fire is fully suppressed. See full closure order here.
Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 26 CFR 261.50(a), and to provide for public safety, the following act is prohibited within the Grindstone Ranger District of the Mendocino National Forest. This Order is effective from August 16, 2013 through August 15, 2014. See full closure order here.
Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR §261.50(a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited within the Grindstone Ranger District of the Mendocino National Forest. This Order is effective from August 19, 2013, through August 19, 2014:
Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(b), in order to provide for protection of natural resources, and public safety, the following act is prohibited on the Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) trail system within the Mendocino National Forest. This order is effective from March 30, 2010 and is valid until the archaeological site can be evaluated and determined ineligible for the National Register of Historic Places. view full closure order.....
Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(b), the following acts are prohibited on any forest development road within the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service. This order is effective October 1, 1998. view full closure order.....
Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(a), and to protect the public health and safety, the following act is prohibited within the Lake Pillsbury Basin Recreation Area of the Mendocino National Forest, as shown on the attached map (Exhibit A). view full order.....
Roads above 5000 ft. elevation may have snow. 4WD or chains are recommended if traveling in the Forest. Call ahead for current conditions. See Alerts and Notices for specific information on Mill Fire area closures.
On the first of February, March, April, and May each year, snow depth and moisture content is measured at Anthony Peak. The Plaskett Meadows snow depth and moisture content is only measured on the first of April. The snow reports for previous years are available along with the current year's totals.
All visitors and users of the National Forests are subject to Federal Regulations. The points of conduct listed here are generally included in and enforceable through Federal Regulations. All of the regulations are published in Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations and are on file at all Forest Supervisor and District Ranger offices. Violation of orders and regulations is subject to punishment by a fine or imprisonment.
Authority: 16 USC 551, 7 USC 1011(f)
State traffic and game laws apply to National Forests unless otherwise specified.
As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest and the natural environment, to ensure the health and safety of visitors, and to promote pleasant and rewarding outdoor recreation experiences for all visitors.