About the Forest

In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt set aside the Klamath as a “forest reserve.” In 1907, the name was changed to National Forest. The[Photo]: Caribou Meadow in Trinity Alps Wilderness Klamath National Forest covers an area of 1,700,000 acres located in Siskiyou County, California and Jackson County, Oregon. The forest includes five wilderness areas, Marble Mountain, Russian Wilderness Area, Trinity Alps, Red Buttes Wilderness Area and Siskiyou Wilderness Area.

In the lower elevations, you'll find park-like stands of Ponderosa Pines, while in the higher elevations, the Douglas fir, sub-alpine fir and mixed conifer stands beg to be explored.

There are 200 miles of river system for rafting and 152 miles of wild and scenic rivers in the forest.  In addition, Klamath National Forest offers grazing and timber opportunities as well as 34 campgrounds, hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing.

With the Klamath, Salmon and Scott Rivers meandering from one end of the Forest to the other, recreationists have found a playground that can meet the desires of all. This beautiful forest is a haven for campers, hikers, wildlife watchers, hunters, fishermen, mountain bikers, white water enthusiasts and naturalists.

If you are looking for a wilderness experience, we have five wilderness areas to put you in a quieter, more spiritual place. The Marble Mountain, Russian, and Siskiyou Wilderness Areas are all within the boundaries of the Klamath National Forest. Portions of the Red Buttes Wilderness and the Trinity Alps Wilderness are also within the Klamath.  Trailheads are numerous, and hikes range from easy to arduous. If it's a wilderness experience you seek, the Klamath is the place to come.

The Forest also helps to meet local and national needs for timber, gold, and other natural resources. Proactive vegetation management is an important element of caring for our public lands, and the professional staff of the Klamath leads the way by setting the standard for others to follow. The preservation of biological diversity, and the sustainment of Forest Health are important to us.

The Klamath Forest lies along the border of California and Oregon with the majority of the Forest in California and a small portion in Oregon. Our forest boundaries are within a half-hour's drive from Medford and Klamath Falls, Oregon, and less then two hours from Redding, California. This is truly a special place, and best of all it belongs to you. Come visit your lands. The Klamath National Forest -Caring for the Land and Serving People!


Butte Valley National Grassland

The USDA Forest Service administers 154 National Forests and 20 National Grasslands.  Butte Valley National Grassland is both the newest National Grassland and the only one in California.

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Key Contacts


Rachel Smith,
Forest Supervisor

Kristen Sexton,
Deputy Forest Supervisor

Drew Stroberg
Goosenest District Ranger

Roberto C. Beltran,
Happy Camp-Oak Knoll District Ranger

Ruth D'Amico,
Salmon-Scott River District Ranger 

Kathrine Serdahl,
Administrative Officer 

Ken Kellogg,
Engineering Staff Officer

Mike Appling,
Fire Staff Officer

Natural Resources Staff Officer

Kimberly DeVall
Public Affairs Officer

Public Services Staff Officer

Jennifer Fried,
Executive Assistant