The Cleveland National Forest is located in the southwestern part of California.
Where is this Forest?





On July 1st, 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt signed a declaration that created the Cleveland National Forest. Now, more than 100 years later, the Cleveland National Forest provides habitat for native wildlife, as well as a natural refuge and playground for many of the 3 million plus residents in the greater San Diego area. Read more about the history of the Cleveland National Forest how it was founded and evolved into the forest it is today! 


New Recommended Wilderness on the Cleveland National Forest

Forest Service officials today announced the signing of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cleveland National Forest Land Management Plan (LMP) Amendment.  Roughly 43,000 more acres of the Cleveland National Forest are zoned as Recommended Wilderness and will therefore be managed to retain and improve their wilderness character until Congress makes a final decision about their wilderness designation.  These lands are located primarily on the Palomar Ranger District but also include northern portions of the Descanso Ranger District.  This decision also amends the LMP monitoring and evaluation requirements to make them more efficient and effective. 

Silverado Fire Area Closure 

Cleveland National Forest lands in the Silverado Fire burned area vicinity will be subject to administrative closure until September 30, 2015.  The purpose of the closure is to address resource protection, protection of public property, and health and safety concerns related to the ongoing watershed emergency. The closure order, closure map and reports pertaining to the Silverado Fire Burned Area Emergency Response can now be viewed (PDF). 

U.S. Forest Service Launches New Tool for Fire Preparedness

The USDA Forest Service, in collaboration with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and UCLA, unveiled a new web-based tool to classify the fire threat potential of a weather phenomenon unique to Southern California – the powerful, hot, dry Santa Ana winds that can turn a spark into an inferno. 

Backcountry Trail Work Volunteers Needed

Wilderness Crew 39 is a trail work group operated by the Palomar Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest.  The crew consists of wilderness enthusiasts who share a love of the outdoors and a desire to help care for our public lands. Interested in volunteering? Click here for more information.

Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) Master Special Use Permit and Permit to Construct Power Line Replacement Project

Forest Service officials, in conjunction with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), announced the beginning of the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) prepared for the SDG&E Master Special Use Permit and Permit to Construct Power Line Replacement Project.  The comment period for the Draft EIR/EIS closes on November 4th, 2014.  More information is available on the project website click here.    

First national study finds trees saving lives, reducing respiratory problems.

The first national study, "Tree and Forest Effects on Air Quality and Human Health in the United States", finds that trees are saving lives and reducing respiratory problems.  U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms.  To read more about this study, please click here.

Southern California- 2014 Aerial Detection Survey Update

Every year, aerial surveys are done by the Forest Service to detect and map tree mortality and damage in California.  In 2014, about 2.7 million acres were surveyed in southern California, including the Angeles, Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests. Based on the findings of the 2014 Southern California Aerial Survey, the goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) was the primary agent of tree mortality, causing mortality on 2,600 acres on the Cleveland National Forest. 

Maps for Mobile Devices

US Forest Service provides several types of publications and maps to the public.  The PDF Maps Mobile App., developed by Avenza Systems Inc., is available as a free download from iTunes and the Android Play Store.  Click here for more info.

California Forest Pest Conditions Report

The 2013 edition of the California Forest Pest Conditions Report is now available.  It covers forest health and pest issues impacting California’s forests, woodlands, and urban trees.  


Cedar Creek Falls Permit Area

Effective Friday, April 5, 2013, a visitor use permit is required to visit the Cedar Creek Falls Visitor Use Permit Area.

The Cleveland National Forest opened the west access to Cedar Creek Falls located in Ramona, CA off of the Thornbush Road.

The visitor permit has to be purchased ahead of time at

Orosco Ridge Target Shooting Area is closed

While the Orosco Ridge Shooting Area is closed, general recreation and hunting is not allowed. The Forest Service is maintaining the closure of the Orosco Ridge Recreational Target Shooting Area for an indefinite amount of time due to public safety concerns and the presence of hazardous materials.


Laguna Mountain Recreation Area

A meadow with split rail fence surrounded by pines.

In less than an hour from downtown San Diego you can find a forested spot brimming with a variety of recreational opportunities . . .

Explore the Stars Program - Star Parties

[Photo]: large telescope with some kids near it

An exciting amateur astronomy project occurs each summer and fall at Palomar Mountain's Observatory Campground on the Palomar Ranger of the Cleveland National Forest. 


Volunteers Make a Difference

[Photo]: Kids planting trees.

Volunteering on the Cleveland NF can be a rewarding and educational experience.  There is much you can do to help!

Help Stop the Spread of Goldspotted Oak Borer!

The side view of a black insect with orange spots.

Don't move oak firewood out of San Diego County!