The Six Rivers National Forest is located in the northwestern corner of California.
Where is this Forest?



[Graphic]: Depicts the location of the Six Rivers National Forest in the state of California.The Six Rivers National Forest lies east of Redwood State and National Parks in northwestern California, and stretches southward from the Oregon border for about 140 miles. It encompasses 957,590 National Forest acres and 133,410 acres of other ownership. Smith River National Recreation Area and Orleans, Lower Trinity, and Mad River Ranger Districts make up the Forest. The Forest lies in Del Norte County (43%), Humboldt County (35%), Trinity County (21%), and Siskiyou County (1%). It forms a long, narrow land section, stretching from the Oregon border on the north to Mendocino County on the south.
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Recent News


Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan

Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan Report Cover

In March 2011, the Pacific Southwest Region of the US Forest Service released a statement of its Leadership Intent for Ecological Restoration, which laid out the Region’s guiding vision and goals for its stewardship of wildland and forests for the next 15-20 years. The following draft document reflects the Regional leadership’s current thinking on how the Leadership Intent will be implemented. This draft is a beginning point for discussions with employees, partners, tribes, agencies, communities of place and interest and those who care about the future of their National Forests. 

Rivers to Ridges Ecological Restoration

The need for ecological restoration has become increasingly important because of the myriad of threats to the Forest’s unique “Rivers to Ridges” landscapes. They include catastrophic wildfire, climate change impacts, drought, insect and disease, and increasing pressures of human population.

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Hunt for the Rare Oregon Fireweed on the Old Humboldt Trail

Fireweed Treasure Hunters

On the morning of August 23, 2014, eleven CNPS treasure hunters left Eureka via Highway 299 to Route 6 past Sims Mountain to Grouse Creek in search of the very rare fireweed.

National Public Lands Day Volunteers Tackle Clean-up of Botanical Area

NPLD Horse Mountain Group

On a recent crisp September morning, 17 volunteers and 9 Forest Service staff came together to clean up trash and debris in the Horse Mountain Botanical Area


Watershed and Fisheries Ecological Restoration

Rock weir on Hurdygurdy Creek, 1985.

Restoration has long been a central focus of the watershed and fisheries management programs in the Six Rivers National Forest.

Gordon Hill Vegetation Management Project

Integrated vegetation management project that will meet objectives for fuels treatment, habitat restoration, and timber products.

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Fire Danger Level: Low

Special Notices

  • Mad Gap Timber Sale Information
  • Schedule of Proposed Actions

    Four times a year, the Six Rivers National Forest publishes a quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) which provides project information, status, and contacts.

  • InciWeb OffSite Link

    Current California wildfire information with related news, closures, and maps.

  • Closure Notices

    Forest and Regional Closures and Restrictions on the Six Rivers National Forest.