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Forest Service Temporarily Closes All National Forests in California

VALLEJO, Calif., September 9, 2020—Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing the extension a temporary closure of all eighteen National Forests in California. The decision to re-open will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change.

Here’s a direct link to our Region Orders section on the public-facing website:

Read our Frequently asked questions, and answers pertaining to the Regional Forest Closures.

A Notice To All Sierra National Forest Visitors - Due to the Creek Fire the Sierra National Forest is Closed.

SNF offices remain physically closed during this time however, we do have staff working virtually to assist with your information needs. 

  • High Sierra Ranger District: 559-855-5355 - ex.0, or 3300/3301
  • Bass Lake Ranger District: 559-877-2218 - ex.0
  • Forest Supervisors Office: 559-297-0706

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Response information links:

For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019 

Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: www.usda.gov/coronavirus.

MAPS: You can purchase Sierra National Forest Visitor Maps through our partner organization, Three Forests Interpretive Association (3FIA). The 3FIA web site is now fully functioning to sell maps click here: www.3forests.us

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We have a lot more information about recreation opportunities across the forest.

**JOHN MUIR TRAIL** Minimum Impact Wilderness Regulation

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**CAMPING RESTRICTIONS**Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-10 

**PARKING RESTRICTIONS**Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-11

Information regarding Campgrounds: Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-08 Developed Recreation Site and Road Closure

Be aware that on remote mountain roads, GPS navigation systems are unreliable...

You can get a campfire permit online!

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You can purchase Sierra National Forest Visitor Maps through our partner organization, Three Forests Interpretive Association (3FIA). The 3FIA web site is now fully functioning to sell maps click here: www.3forests.us.  

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SNF Motorized Recreation Project Virtual Meeting

SNF Initiates Public Comment Period

The Sierra National Forest (SNF) formal public comment period for the Motorized Recreation Project (Project) Environmental Assessment (EA) has begun. The Project area identifies roads, trails, and areas across the SNF, outside of designated Wilderness areas. 

Please join me in an Adobe Connect Meeting.

Meeting Name:  FS Motorized Recreation Project Public Meeting
Summary: POC Nickerson-Powell, Jody - FS
Invited By: Jody Nickerson-Powell (jody.nickerson@usda.gov)
When:  07/15/2020 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Time Zone:  Pacific Standard Time (US and Canada)

Conference Number(s):  1-888-844-9904
Participant Code: 4665140

To join the meeting:

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