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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.

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Groveland Ranger District
Calaveras Ranger District
Summit Ranger District

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 July 2, 2020: The Stanislaus National Forest now has 33 campgrounds open. Many day use sites are also open. This is not a normal summer season, and we urge everyone to do all they can to help safeguard the forest. Due to limited personnel and supplies of PPE, our employees are not able to be everywhere they are needed this summer. Without your help the damage to the forest could last for years. Please Leave No Trace and Pack out all your trash and waste!

Dispersed camping was authorized on the forest as of June 12.

The new forest order, STF-16-2020-16, is effective through July 15. Visitors are cautioned to expect a different camping experience than you may have had in previous years. Please be self-reliant by bringing your own soap, hand sanitizer, toilet tissue and drinking water, as some services may not yet be available, and social distancing will be important. Equally important is that trash removal is still very limited, so be sure to pack out all your trash and waste.


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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