Birdwatching Hotspots on the Klamath National Forest

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day by birdwatching on the Klamath National Forest!  Any day is a good time to see birds in our National Forest, but May 8, 2021 is this year's date to join the world-wide celebration of migratory birds.  Visit our page for tips about birding hotspots, maps and more information about the celebration.

Pollinator Demonstration Garden at Headquarters

Pollinators, essential to maintaining human food sources as well as food for most other animals and plants, are under stress.  Many pollinator populations are in decline, primarily because of loss of nesting and feeding habitats.

At the Klamath National Forest Headquarters, a small garden demonstrates how it is possible to help local pollinators.  The garden designed specifically to be a waystation for migrating monarchs has several local plants beneficial for our local pollinators.

Learn more about our garden and how you can develop your garden to support pollinators.

Be Bear Aware on the Klamath

Black bears are common on the Klamath National Forest.  To enjoy your visit safely, be sure to take home trash, garbage, and anything that could smell interesting to a bear (gum, toothpaste, soap)  Pack it In/Pack it Out.  Dispose of trash at home, not in the forest where it can become a focus for bears looking for food.  The bears (and you) will be healthier and safer if the bears eat their natural food in the 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 (download brochure .pdf file)

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 High School Students Learn Wildland Firefighting Skills

Yreka High School and Etna High School students are learning skills that prepare them for jobs with the Forest Service and other wildland firefighting agencies.

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.