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The Forest Supervisor's Office is located in Sonora, California about 45 miles east of Modesto. The towns and cities of Merced, Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco are located approximately 1 to 2 hours away. Sonora is a quaint town reminiscent of the gold rush era. Considered a "Gateway to Yosemite National Park", Sonora is a full service community with one hospital, several school districts and Columbia Community College nearby. The area encompassing Sonora and outlying areas contains a population of approximately 25,000 people. Sonora is the county seat for Tuolumne County The Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce website ( is quite informative.

Housing opportunities are variable. Best information on availability and cost can be obtained from local real estate and property management firms in the area. For more information, call Tuolumne County Realtors at (209) 532-3432. A good source of community information can be found on the local newspaper website ( or (

The Stanislaus National Forest is located adjacent to and north of Yosemite National Park on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Elevations range from 1,500 feet to over 11,000 feet elevation at the mountain crest.

Recreational opportunities on the forest and in the general area are outstanding. Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley and Badger Pass ski areas offer a variety of winter activities. Kayaking, river rafting, fishing, swimming, hiking and camping are very popular.

Weather is mild in the lower elevations with occasional winter snow. Summer temperatures are often over 100 degrees during the day; however, higher elevations with cooler temperatures are easily accessed.