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COVID-19 and your National Forest

A note from Jason Kuiken, Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor:

"We find ourselves in a new situation when dealing with the COVID-19 virus. I want you to know we are taking every precaution available to us to protect our visitors, our employees and our local communities. As we receive more information, we will share it here. Please check back frequently."

At this time, we are asking that members of the public do not travel to recreate on the National Forest.  We recognize that spending opportunities outdoors during this challenging period is important, but at this time our ability to accommodate visitors is extremely limited.  We look forward to seeing you all in the future, when it is safe to do so and Gov. Newsom's shelter-in-place executive order is rescinded.We remain committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, and are closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.

Although offices are closed to the public, you may contact our ranger districts with your questions.

Office Information
Forest Supervisor' office
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.

Find tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus

U.S. Department of Agriculture Coronavirus web page

Stanislaus National Forest Closure Order STF-16-2020-01 (COVID-19)

Fuelwood Permits: Due to winter weather-related road conditions and Forest Closure Order STF-16-2020-01, issued April 5, 2020 for health and public safety related to COVID-19, the Stanislaus National Forest will not issue Personal Use Fuelwood Permits until May 1, 2020, or until the Forest Closure Order is lifted.

Wilderness Permits: As long as the Shelter In Place Executive Order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom is in effect, the Stanislaus National Forest Service will not issue wilderness permits required for overnight camping in our wilderness areas.  Visiting wilderness is not deemed to be essential business under the definition of the governor’s order and most of the trailheads into the Emigrant, Carson-Iceberg, and Mokelumne wildernesses are expected to remain under deep snow until at least May.  Should an overnight visitor become sick due to the COVID-19 virus while in a remote location, rescue efforts may be delayed, limited, or simply not attempted, given the expected strain on medical and law enforcement resources.  If the snow pack recedes before the governor’s order is lifted, we ask that visitors consider other safer alternatives, such as day hiking in your neighborhood or within your county.

Region 5 Developed Recreation Sites Closure Order 20-01

View the road closure list by Ranger District

Stanislaus National Forest News Release: Forest Service closes developed recreation sites in California until April 30

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.

Join the 2020 Clavey Crew-5!

Clavey fire crewJoin the 2020 Clavey Crew-5 Handcrew on the Stanislaus National Forest‚Äč 

The Stanislaus National Forest is seeking highly motivated individuals interested in a job in wildland firefighting. This outreach is geared toward entry-level applicants who would like to work on the Clavey Crew-5 Handcrew, on the Stanislaus National Forest. Applications must be received by May 1, 2020.  

Learn more about this exciting opportunity. 

Download the Clavey Crew-5 Handcrew application.

Recent News


Rim Fire Reforestation

Rim Fire Reforestation

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that describes a proposal for about 48,000 acres of treatments within the 2013 Rim Fire is available. The EIS discloses the environmental effects that would result from the proposed action, a no action alternative and three additional action alternatives. The August 17, 2016 Record of Decision (ROD) documents the Responsible Official’s decision approving treatments on National Forest System lands including: deer habitat enhancement; natural regeneration; noxious weed eradication; reforestation and, thin existing plantations.


Seeking members for Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)

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