Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation - Project Summary and FAQs

On February 8, 2019, the Tahoe National Forest released the Draft Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation Record of Decision (Draft Decision) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS).

New Gift Shops at the Tahoe National Forest

When visitors come to Tahoe National Forest office locations, they have an opportunity to enhance their visit by viewing many exciting items with an all-natural theme.  You’ll find posters displaying nature, maps, valuable artifacts and more!

Innovative Partnership Will Restore Sierra Nevada Forest Health

FRENCH MEADOWS, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service today announced final approval of the French Meadows Forest Restoration Project, an innovative forest health project aimed at reducing wildfire risk in a critical municipal watershed. This landscape-scale project, covering 30,000 acres of public and private land around French Meadows Reservoir, west of Lake Tahoe, is a public-private partnership that can serve as a model for increasing the pace and scale of ecologically-based forest management and fuels reduction throughout the Sierra Nevada.



Why Prescribed Fire?

Many firefighters have lost their lives over the past few years trying to protect homes. We want to give firefighters a safer place to engage in wildfire suppression and we also want to have a better chance at protecting homes in the event of a wildfire.

Tahoe Nat'l Forest's Truckee & Sierraville Districts Begin Fall Prescribe Burn

Tahoe National Forest's Truckee and Sierraville Ranger Districts will conduct prescribed fires this fall/winter to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels and to continue restoring forest ecosystems. This year’s fire season is again a good reminder of the importance of prescribed fire, especially in our fire prone environment. 

North Fire Hero, Jai Odyssea - By George Garnett, US Forest Service

The North Fire could have been much worse had it not been for the heroic deeds of one very special U.S. Forest Service employee. The Forest Service would like to recognize Jai Odyssea who demonstrated outstanding effort, diligence and bravery in the line of duty.

IT Professionals Day - Gene Andersen

NATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) PROFESSIONALS DAY is observed annually every third Tuesday in September. National IT Professionals Day is set aside to honor the highly-respected technical professionals we rely on to keep us connected to our computers. Our IT professionals help keep our businesses running smoothly.

Aircraft Used for Firefighting by the U.S. Forest Service

National Aviation Week is celebrated during the third week of August and includes the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthdate, which is August 19. Orville and his brother Wilbur Wright are both credited with producing the world’s first successful airplane. This celebrating of aviation history is a great opportunity to focus on aircraft used for wildland firefighting on the Tahoe National Forest.

A Healthy Forest Can Help Prevent Wildfire

There are many ways to improve forest health. Reducing hazardous fuels is one way to accomplish this goal. The Forest Service strives to reduce hazardous fuels by employing methods like thinning of vegetation and conducting controlled burns. A forest allowed to grow unchecked becomes susceptible to wildfires. 

Tahoe National Forest Fire Restrictions

FIRE RESTRICTIONS are still in effect on the Tahoe National Forest from JULY 16, 2018. Wood and charcoal fires will be restricted to designated recreation sites and other fire related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season. Gas or propane fires are allowed with a free 2018 California campfire permit.

NIFC Mobilizes Australian & New Zealand Firefighters to Help with Wildfires

Boise, Idaho – Wildland fire managers at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) are mobilizing firefighters from Australia and New Zealand to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in the western United States. Australia and New Zealand have been key partners with the U.S. fire community for more than 50 years and were last mobilized in 2015.

ROAD CLOSURE - Rattlesnake Rd.

The U.S. Forest Service issued a Road Closure Order that will ensure all vehicles along Rattlesnake Road have U.S. Dept. of Transportation required operating equipment during periods of logging operations. This order also ensures only licensed drivers over age of 16 are operating motor vehicles on Rattlesnake Rd. during logging operations. See Closure Order No. 17-18-03

Fire Restrictions Begin July 16 on the Tahoe National Forest

Fire restrictions go into effect on the Tahoe National Forest beginning Monday, July 16. Wood and charcoal fires will be restricted to designated recreation sites and other fire related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season. Gas or propane fires are allowed with a free 2018 California campfire permit.

Chicken Hawk Fire

Friday, July 6, 2018, the Chicken Hawk Wildfire started on the American River Ranger District on the Tahoe National Forest. Two local tankers from CAL FIRE arrived immediately along with a helicopter and an Air Attack Crew from the U.S. Forest Service, promptly put out the 2.51 acre blaze.

Kids' Fishing Day at Packer Lake

It's that time of year again! Time for Kids’ Fishing Day at Packer Lake on the Yuba River Ranger District. This year the 21st Annual Fishing Day for Kids is scheduled July 21, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The entire family is encouraged to fish and learn about fishing at this exciting event. There will be plenty of fun hands-on nature activities for the kids.

Pollinator Week June 18-24, 2018

Pollinators move pollen from flower to flower, helping bring about fertilization from pollen grains. USDA Forest Service is heavily involved in supporting pollinators in the way we manage lands to act as habitat for these invaluable creatures and in promoting their health and resilience.

Be Bear Aware!

Everyone knows the symbol of wildfire prevention is Smokey Bear and inquisitive visitors to the Tahoe National Forest often ask about bears. Sometimes, they see bears! This time of year, bears are coming out of hibernation and Tahoe National Forest is in black bear country.

149th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad

The First Transcontinental Railroad, known originally as the "Pacific Railroad" was completed in 1869 with the aid of Chinese laborers. This project garnered quite a bit of interest in the Asian Pacific American community because of the contributions of Chinese American railroad workers to this monumental feat. Two symbols of this contribution are the Chinese Wall and the Summit Tunnel, both located on the Tahoe National Forest.

May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month in the United States. National Bike Month is a chance to experience the many benefits of bicycling and to encourage everyone to get their bikes out of the garage and back on the trail.

Ecological Restoration for National Forests in California

The Pacific Southwest Region of the US Forest Service recently released a statement of its Leadership Intent for Ecological Restoration, which explains the Region's guiding vision and goals for its stewardship of wildland and forests for the next 15-20 years.

Happy Wanderings - Bear Valley Area

For those that have not discovered the Bear Valley area east of Nevada City, it is well worth some time.  Normally during the winter, the valley would be covered in white and would be suitable for an enjoyable snowshoe or cross country ski trip.  But without any snow, it still makes for a nice outing.  In addition to some National Forest System land, the majority of the valley is owned by PG&E and a variety of other private land owners.  Please be respectful of private land.

Invasive Species on the Tahoe

The Tahoe National Forest works to prevent the spread of invasive plants through continued inventory and monitoring of priority invasive plant infestations throughout the forest. Invasive plants are species that are not native to an ecosystem that cause harm to the environment, economy, and/or human health.

Sierraville Ranger District Selling Christmas Tree Permits Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

This holiday season, Sierraville Ranger District is selling personal use Christmas tree cutting permits Friday, November 16. Non-refundable permits are $10.00, one tree per permit with a limit of two permits per household. Buyers must be present to purchase. Buyers will receive a map showing cutting areas & helpful tips.

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