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COVID-19 and your National Forest

Although our front desks are closed to the public, you may contact our Ranger Districts with your questions. Please do not call the Stanislaus Dispatch with recreation questions. Dispatch is for fire emergencies only.

Office Information

Forest Supervisor's Office

Phone services Mon-Fri,
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed federal holidays

Groveland Ranger District

Phone services Mon-Fri,
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed federal holidays

Calaveras Ranger District

Phone services Mon-Fri,
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed federal holidays

Summit Ranger District

Phone services Mon-Fri,
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed federal holidays

Please avoid visiting National Forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the Forest.

Please select any of the following topics to learn more about our COVID-19 response.


Updated Nov. 24, 2020: Christmas Tree permits

The Stanislaus National Forest is not offering Christmas Tree permits this year, although we are developing a plan to offer them for the 2021 holiday season. Because all national forests are still operating in a virtual environment, all Christmas Tree permits are being offered on  For a list of national forests offering Christmas Tree permits vist our Permits & Passes page and scroll to the bottom of the page.


Updated Nov. 23, 2020: Fire Restrictions

All forest fire restrictions have been terminated as of Nov. 23, 2020.   Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken terminated fire restriction forest orders for moderate and high fire hazard zones. No fire restrictions remain on the forest. 

Persons with a valid California campfire permit may have a campfire and use a portable stove or lantern using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel on National Forest System lands. Campfire permits may be requested at  

Updated Nov. 18, 2020: SNO-PARK permits

Visitors interested in winter recreation at SNO-PARKs on the Stanislaus NF will need a SNO-PARK permit from California State Parks. For more information about where to purchase a permit visit the CA State Parks webpage. Be aware that you must display your permit in your vehicle while parked at a SNO-PARK or you risk a parking citation.

Please limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 at SNO-PARKs by practicing social distancing.

Updated Nov. 9, 2020 Online California Burn Permits: 

As winter weather begins on the forest, local residents are wanting to conduct authorized burning. Normally California burn permits are available at our district ranger offices, but because they remain closed, residents are asked to get their burn permits online at Also included on this web page is current burn status. Please be sure to check for authorized burn days before you ignite that burn pile!

Air quality is directly related to the amount of smoke in the air and prevailing winds. Currently the Stanislaus National Forest and surrounding communities are experiencing periods of unhealthy air quality. Before traveling to the forest, visitors are encouraged to check on any active fires in the area at for federal fire incidents, or for any CalFire incidents. In addition, due to the many active fires you may find very smoky conditions across the forest, so we recommend you check the local air quality at


Logo for 3 Forests Interpretive AssociationUpdated July 23, 2020: Are you looking for a Stanislaus National Forest map during our virtual services? Our partner, 3 Forests Interpretive Association, or 3FIA, offers National Forest Visitor Maps for sale online! Learn more about other online map tools.


Forest Supervisor's Notes

Photo of Jason KuikenForest Supervisor Jason Kuiken believes there is nothing more critical to maintaining good relationships than communication. Residents, communities and ranger districts share a dedication to keeping the forest healthy, but sometimes Forest Service procedures and actions may not be clearly understood by those outside the agency. Jason is committed to engaging the community by sharing information about some of the actions being undertaken on the forest. Jason will post a series of notes highlighting some of the vital activities that go into regaining a healthy forest. Read Jason's notes.

A Public Safety Power Shutoff may affect your next trip to the Stanislaus National Forest!

In May 2019, Pacific Gas & Electric Company announced its plan to shutoff, and later restore, power if necessary due to extreme weather and wildfire danger.  Sometime during the fire season, your planned visit to the Stanislaus National Forest may be impacted if your visit coincides with a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff. Learn more about preparing for your forest visit during a power shutoff.

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