Cleveland National Forest - Welcome!


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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! 

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 burned area is currently being reassessed.  If the watershed conditions continue to be a threat to public safety, the closure may be renewed as appropriate.  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). 


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.