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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
209-459-9238

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

Groveland Ranger District
209-962-7825

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

Calaveras Ranger District
209-795-1381

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

Summit Ranger District
209-459-9236

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.

CRITICAL UPDATE

Updated Jan. 7, 2021: State-ordered Stay at Home Order and regional closure order

The state of California issued a regional Stay Home Order that took effect as of 11:59 p.m. Dec. 6, 2020.  The intent of the order is to both reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure that medical facilities can treat those with symptoms.  Five geographical regions are named; the Stanislaus National Forest is in the San Joaquin Valley Region.

On Jan. 6, 2021, Regional Forester Randy Moore signed regional order 21-1 that extended regional order 20-27, closing developed campgrounds on Sequoia, Sierra and Stanislaus national forests in Region 5. Visitors are requested to recreate near their homes to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. View the Stanislaus NF news release.

Please visit the California COVID website at www.COVID-19.ca.gov to learn more about the order and how travel outside your local area is impacted.  

Important note: overnight lodging is prohibited.  This includes campgrounds, resorts, organization camps, and other overnight facilities authorized by Special Use Permit on the Stanislaus National Forest. While most campgrounds were already closed for the season, the few that normally offer year-round camping are now closed.  If you make an individual or group reservation on www.recreation.gov, please understand we do not yet have any information about when developed campgrounds will begin to reopen in 2021. We will keep you updated on this website as information becomes available.

Important Recreation Residence information: Recreation residence permits require the holder to follow all federal, state and local laws, as well as all regulations and ordinances, including the Stay at Home order. Please review the governor’s order to help inform your decision on whether you should travel to your recreation residence.

Ski resorts on the National Forest Service lands: Skiing may take place, subject to a number of restrictions and mitigations, including pre-purchased ticket requirements at some ski areas.  Please  visit the specific ski area website where you are thinking of visiting, as well as the state website www.COVID-19.ca.gov


Updated Jan. 7, 2021: Fuelwood collection permits ended Dec. 15

Fuelwood collection permits expired Dec. 15, 2020.   We will resume permit collections permits on April 15, 2021.

Updated Jan. 7, 2021: Summit Ranger District roads

Seasonal roads on the Stanislaus National Forest closed on Dec. 15. To learn which roads are seasonally closed roads, view the Motor Vehicle Use Maps for each ranger district

Updated Jan. 7, 2021

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 www.preventwildfiresca.org.  

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 Jan. 7, 2021: Online California Burn Permits: 

As winter weather continues 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 https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/. 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 inciweb.nwcg.gov for federal fire incidents, or https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/ 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 www.airnow.gov.

 

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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