Be Bear Aware on the Klamath

Black bears are not an uncommon site on the Klamath National Forest. There are easy things you can do while enjoying your national public lands to protect yourself and bears from harmful encounters. This brochure should help get you started.


The Klamath National Forest Service encourages all 4th graders to get an Every Kid in a Park Pass! The pass is used to access federal forests, parks, and trails that charge a fee for free! Print a pass voucher online and display the voucher on the vehicle’s dashboard.

Bird Banding; A Delicate Art and a Precise Science.

Public lands provide some of the most important habitat for birds across the United States. A wide variety of songbirds can be found in the diverse of habitats on the Klamath National Forest. Birds are an excellent indicator of health and function of entire ecosystems.  Monitoring birds using the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) protocol which includes bird banding is an important tool in tracking bird populations because it allows scientists to determine the condition and productivity of a local habitat area.

Local firefighters assist Canada in wildland fire suppression efforts

On Saturday July 11, 2015 a wildland fire suppression crew comprised of firefighters from the Klamath National Forest travelled to Alberta, Canada to assist with fire suppression operations. Canada is experiencing an intense fire season and has requested wildland firefighting assistance from the U.S.

Wildflowers of the Klamath National Forest

Our new wildflower gallery features dozens of photographs of native wildflower species found in the Klamath National Forest

Local Fire Crew Members Help Preserve the Unique Baker Cypress

Unique in many ways, the Klamath National Forest is one of about eleven geographic locations in the world where the Baker Cypress (Cupressus bakeri) tree grows.  This tree is only found in Northern California and Southern Oregon and there are 5 known stands on the Klamath National Forest.  Most Cypress trees grow at low elevation and in wetter climates, but the Baker Cypress grows at high elevation, drier climates and much farther north than other species of Cypress.  Also, it grows best on rocky soil. It’s cones require the high heat that usually accompanies a forest fire to open and disperse their seeds. Firefighters collected baker Cypress cones this past summer to aid genetics scientists in preserving and restoring these unique trees.

KNF 2014 Wildfires Burned Area Emergency Response Reports

The Burned Area Emergency Response or BAER report for the Happy Camp Complex is now available.

BAER Reports for the Little Deer Fire, Log Fire, Whites FireBeaver Fire can be found at the preceding links.

April 1st Snow Survey Results

Employees of the Salmon and Scott River Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest have completed the April 1st Snow Surveys. These measurements are a part of the statewide California Cooperative Snow Survey program, which is operated by the California Department of Water Resources.


NatureWatching can include gazing at animals from a viewing site, searching for spring wildflowers, observing the changing seasons, or immersing oneself in the clear waters of a national forest stream, among other activities. Engaging in NatureWatching activities leads to greater personal connection to the environment and the natural resources we all share.

Forest Botanist Receives Partnership Award for Wildland Stewardship

Marla Knight, Forest Botanist, Klamath National Forest;  and Jodi Aceves, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Siskiyou County Department of Agriculture were recently honored with an inaugural Partnership Award for Wildland Stewardship by the California Invasive Plant Council at their annual meeting.