The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northeastern center of California.
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Tahoe National Forest

Clear blue lake with clouds overhead

Sugar Pine Reservoir May 2016 Photo Credit: Danielle Kelly

Tahoe National Forest Map The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada (east of Sacramento) and extends from the foothills across the Sierra crest to the California state line. It includes over 850,000 acres of public land interspersed with 350,000 acres of private land in a checker board ownership pattern.

The Tahoe National Forest does not include Lake Tahoe - visit the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit website for more information.)

Rivers, snow capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation year round. A complex set of ecosystems are found as the terrain ascends from 1,500 feet along the western boundary to over 9,000 feet along the crest. The forest provides a variety of resources and opportunities and is managed by the Forest Service. For more information on accessible recreation facilities on the Tahoe National Forest follow this link. More.....

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two snowmobiles parked on a snowy ridge Over-snow Vehicle Use and Groomed Winter Trail System (Travel Management – Subpart C)



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Ecological Restoration for National Forests in California

The Pacific Southwest Region of the US Forest Service recently released a statement of its Leadership Intent for Ecological Restoration, which explains the Region's guiding vision and goals for its stewardship of wildland and forests for the next 15-20 years.

Happy Wanderings - Bear Valley Area

view across meadow with conifers at edges, forested slopes in background

For those that have not discovered the Bear Valley area east of Nevada City, it is well worth some time.  Normally during the winter, the valley would be covered in white and would be suitable for an enjoyable snowshoe or cross country ski trip.  But without any snow, it still makes for a nice outing.  In addition to some National Forest System land, the majority of the valley is owned by PG&E and a variety of other private land owners.  Please be respectful of private land.


Local 4th Grade Students Visit Tahoe National Forest

4th Graders Visit the Tahoe National Forest

More than 400 fourth-grade students discovered the Tahoe National Forest during a visit to White Cloud!


Tahoe takes the "Scotch Broom Challenge"

Before 2 picture taken of Sugarloaf Mountain Trail

Tahoe National Forest employees in Nevada City stepped away from their regular forest work to spend the morning pulling invasive plants on the popular Sugarloaf Mountain Trail.


Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn Retires

Tom Quinn in the mountains

After eight years of leading the Tahoe National Forest, Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn will retire at the end of this year.

Supporting Scouts & Bettering Forest Health

Young Boy Scouts dragging Christmas trees through the snow

Tahoe NF has partnered with BSA Troop 266 to educate youth about forest health with a hands-on approach, getting kids in the woods with a Christmas tree cutting expedition.

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