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.
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.
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.
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.