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Phone services Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Groveland Ranger District

Front desk is OPEN
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Calaveras Ranger District

Front desk is OPEN
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Closed federal holidays

Summit Ranger District

Front desk is OPEN
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Stanislaus National Forest Terminates Fire Restrictions

Sonora, Calif. — October 25, 2021.  A combination of recent rain, snow, and cooler temperatures has reduced the overall fire danger within the Stanislaus National Forest, enabling termination of the fire restrictions that were put into place across the entire Forest back in August and updated on October 22, 2021. Click here for the full press release.

Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken says “Temperatures have decreased and the moisture content is higher, so I have decided to terminate the high and moderate fire hazard restrictions on the Stanislaus National Forest.”  The reduced fire restrictions don’t mean people shouldn’t be careful when enjoying a campfire, Kuiken said. “When camping with a campfire on the forest, visitors must have a campfire permit with them, and we encourage them to responsibly make sure every fire is dead out before leaving it unattended.”

Visitors are reminded to remain aware of their surroundings on the Forest as conditions can deteriorate rapidly this time of the year. 

October 2021 Know Before You Go! Weather is changing quickly. Check Caltrans for information about Highway conditions. You can also find information by visiting the Caltrans Facebook page.  

Fee Change Recreation Site Public Comment Due November 30, 2021

Stanislaus National Forest is soliciting public comment on proposed fee changes to recreation sites for maintenance and infrastructure improvement. The Forest is proposing to charge new or increased fees at 31 developed recreation sites to conduct deferred maintenance and make improvements to enhance visitor enjoyment. More information on the Recreation Fee Proposal process including maps of sites included in the proposal package is available here. Public comments on the proposed fee changes to the developed recreation program must be submitted by close of business on November 30, 2021. Information on ways to submit comments is available here.

Additional Information

Christmas Tree Permit Information, November 2021: Please be advised that cutting a Christmas tree in the Stanislaus National Forest is prohibited and permits are not available for this use.  There are several Christmas Tree Farms in the area and several National Forest in California that do sell permits. Visit www.Recreation.gov to purchase a Christmas Tree permit at a National Forest near you. 

CAL FIRE effective October 25, 2021 the burn suspension in the Tuolumne / Calaveras unit is lifted. Those possessing a current and valid burn permit can now resume burning. To acquire a permit access the Burn Permit Website. Or you can call 209-754-3831. 

Prescribed burn plans announced for the Experimental Forest and Mi-Wok Ranger District: News releases for prescribed burn plans on South Fork on the Mi-Wok Ranger District and the Experimental Forest on the Summit Ranger District are located in the News & Alerts section of the website. In addition, maps for both burn notices are included with the news release.

May 4, 2021—Lumsden Road accessible weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and weekends from 7 a.m. to dusk. Be prepared for construction delays.  Read more about the Mountain Tunnel Improvements Project.

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October 25, 2021 Fire Restrictions have been terminated for the remainder of the year.

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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.

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