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Check our Storm Damage page for closed and impassable roads and related hazards before you leave home!


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Foster Firs Fuels Reduction Stewardship Project

The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at the Forest Supervisor's Office in Placerville, CA at 2:00 PM local time on 08/28/17.

Senior Passes Available at District and Headquarter Offices

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In order to meet requirements set by legislation passed by Congress in December 2016, the price of the America the Beautiful Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80 August 28, 2017. Seniors with valid Identification who are 62 years or older can still purchase the lifetime Senior Pass for $10 through August 27th. Previously purchased lifetime Golden Age or Senior Passes will be honored for the lifetime of the pass holder. Passes can be obtained in person, we cannot issue passes over the phone. Remember to bring a valid form of identification. A credit or debit card is preferred.


Interested in Serving on the El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee?

The Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is responsible for evaluating and recommending projects on or affecting federal land in El Dorado County. Applications are due by July 21, 2017.

Tree Mortality

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Information on the Eldorado National Forest's and California's Tree Mortality response.


SOFAR All Lands Cohesive Strategy

A collaborative project in the South Fork American River (SOFAR) watershed, involving communities, public and private timber, water, power, recreation, and protected species.

Forest Plan Revision

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The Forest Plan guides how the forest is managed for the next 15-20 years. View an introductory video and join our mailing list to receive updates. 

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