Land & Resources Management

For more information on the Penny Pines project, please visit the Klamath National Forest Headquarters, 1711 South Main St, Yreka, CA 96097.

The motto of the Forest Service is “Caring for the Land and Serving People.” Since the time of Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the Forest Service, this multiple use concept has guided us to achieve "the greatest good, of the greatest number, in the long run." In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt set aside the Klamath as a “forest reserve.” In 1907, the name was changed to National Forest.

In the last 100 years we have struggled with this balance of land vs. people. It has led to periods of overgrazing, over logging and destruction of public lands as well as a boom in recreation, reclamation and replanting of devastated forests. Modern management practices place the emphasis on ecosystems management and not just parcels of timber, or habitat for endangered species or protection of watershed. As John Muir taught us "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."

Today, the Regional Forester has identified two strategic priorities. These priorities are forward looking and in alignment with the Cultural Transformation strategies of the Department and Forest Service. By focusing our efforts in these key areas, we will be prepared for the land management challenges of the 21st century.

The links at the left will lead you to important information about the Klamath National Forest planning process, current and past projects, ongoing resource programs and related geospatial data.


Yreka Nanocellulose Project

Nanocellulose Pilot Plant at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin.

In 2014 the USDA Forest Products Lab in Madison, Wisconsin, began working on a project to design a commercial-scale cellulose nanomaterials production facility, set in Yreka, California.  The project developed out of meetings between the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors and the USDA Forest Service.

Nanocellulose is a microscopic wood product, and part of the emerging field of nanotechnology.  Scientists have found that nanocellulose materials have unique properties.  The particles are strong, lightweight, colorless, and biodegradable.  These properties could be useful in a variety of applications. 

Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan

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. This plan reflects the Regional leadership's current thinking on how the Leadership Intent will be implemented.

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UC – Berkeley Seismic Observatory Mineral Withdrawal Extension

The University of California Berkeley operates a seismic observatory under Special Use Permit in an abandoned mine adit on the Klamath National Forest (KNF). An area of approximately 45 acres surrounding the observatory was withdrawn from mineral entry by the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 1996 for 20 years to protect the seismic integrity of the observatory (Public Land Order 7179). An Environmental Assessment and Decision Notice/FONSI were prepared by the KNF prior to withdrawal. The mineral withdrawal has closed the 45-acre area to mineral location and entry (mining claims or mining of locatable minerals), but doesn’t affect mineral leasing (e.g., oil and gas development).UC – Berkeley has requested and the KNF recommends extending the mineral withdrawal for another 20 years, until approximately January 24, 2036. The lands proposed for extension of the mineral withdrawal, located on the KNF’s Scott River Ranger District.