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Upper Richardson Lake Road now open

The upper part of the Richardson Lake Road (14N39) on the Pacific Ranger District in the Eldorado National Forest is now open for motorized vehicle use, completing the final phase of corrective work on this route. Richardson Lake Road is on the far northeastern end of the forest and must be accessed through roads leading […]

Forest road meetings planned

The Eldorado National Forest announces that three public meetings to share the draft Travel Analysis Report (TAR) are planned for: • Aug. 24: 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pollock Pines Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive • Aug. 25: 4 to 7 p.m., at the U.S. Forest Service’s Georgetown Ranger Station, 7600 Wentworth Springs Road • […]

Celebrate the 26th Georgetown Kids Fishing Derby

Children 12 years old and younger and their families are invited to take part in the 26th annual Georgetown Kids Fishing Derby from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lake Walton on Saturday, June 6. The fishing competition starts at 8 a.m. with prizes awarded for the longest fish caught, first fish caught and the winners of […]

Eldorado National Forest preparing for busy season

Forest personnel are busy hiring and training new summer employees. Each year, the Eldorado National Forest employs over 100 summer employees — primarily on fire engines, fire hand crews, helitack and lookouts, as well as in recreation, wilderness, trails and natural resources. This year, the Eldorado is bringing in additional personnel and contractors to help […]

Forest Service auction online

PLACERVILLE — The U.S. Forest Service is offering the public an opportunity to purchase used government vehicles at the annual Used Vehicle and Equipment Auction scheduled online for March 23 through March 27. Sixteen vehicles and two flat-bed trailers will be sold to the highest bidder by way of an online auction through the GSA […]

Aerial mulching to resume in King Fire area

The U.S. Forest Service and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District will be starting up helicopter operations again next week to drop straw mulch for erosion control on Eldorado National Forest lands that burned in the King Fire. Approximately 320 acres along Eleven Pines Road were treated in November before heavy rain storms caused the work […]

Recreation site in King Fire burned area reopened

Stumpy Meadows boat ramp and picnic area, east of Georgetown in the Eldorado National Forest, was reopened to the public Feb. 2 in conjunction with a change in the forest closure order for areas affected by the King Fire. “We will continue to monitor the burned area to make sure no part of the forest […]

Five forests undertaking vehicle use analysis

The Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) of the U.S. Forest Service will soon begin environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) based on Subpart C of the Travel Management Rule. Five national forests in California are undertaking Subpart C analysis to improve their management of over-snow vehicle use and to designate a system […]

Fire restrictions lifted in Eldorado National Forest

Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree announced that fire restrictions in the Eldorado National Forest have been lifted. This means that forest visitors in possession of a valid California campfire permit may, once again, have open campfires outside of designated campgrounds. The permit is free from any Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or California Department of […]

Recreation areas reopened despite fire

Some popular recreation areas were reopened to the public on Sept. 30, announced Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. Recreation areas such as the Rubicon Jeep Trail, Wrights Lake, Desolation Wilderness and the east side of Ice House Road are open to the public. Some recreation areas have been closed since Sept. 17. Forest Order 03-14-111 replaces […]

Eldorado National Forest chosen for new wildland fire project

PLACERVILLE — The Eldorado National Forest is one of only two forests recently selected by U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore to serve as a demonstration area that will implement the Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (Cohesive Strategy). The South Fork American River Cohesive Strategy Project encompasses approximately 250,000 acres. The goals […]

USFS sets seasonal fire prohibitions

PLACERVILLE — Fire restrictions took effect in the Eldorado National Forest beginning June 14, stated a prepared statement from U.S. Forest Service Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. Campfires and charcoal barbecues will be restricted to designated recreation sites, and other fire related activities will be prohibited until the end of fire season. “Drought conditions have resulted […]

Help needed to open Wrights Lake Recreation Area

PLACERVILLE — The Wrights Lake Recreation Area of the Eldorado National Forest was severely damaged last winter when numerous large green trees were blown over by extremely high winds. Several hundred trees fell during the wind storms causing extensive damage to the campground, picnic areas and trails. During a special clean-up event on June 6 […]

Forest Service auction today

The U.S. Forest Service is offering people an opportunity to purchase used vehicles at the Annual Used Vehicle and Equipment Auction scheduled online for May 12. Thirty- seven vehicles and one motorcycle will be sold to the highest bidder by way of an online auction through the GSA Website To find the auction, input […]

Forest Service to hold Webinar on Land Management Plan

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is holding a Webinar to explain the final plan that will guide the management of National Forest System lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin over the next 15 years. The Webinar will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. The […]

Forest Service announces program to bring native plants ‘home’

Let the healing begin. Next fall several barren, impacted areas along Alder Creek in the Eldorado National Forest will be replanted with native plants — thanks to volunteers, Forest Service personnel, and a grant from California State Parks and Recreation, said a recent statement from the local office of the U.S. Forest Service. Volunteers from […]

Eldorado National Forest to start fall prescribed burning program

The Forest Service will begin its fall prescribed burn program in the Eldorado National Forest as soon as weather conditions are right. Approximately 5,800 acres of National Forest land are slated to be burned this fall, winter and spring. According to Deputy Fire Management Officer Steve Parr prescribed fires are an important way to maintain […]

USFS begins analysis on 42 closed routes

Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy began an environmental analysis recently that will determine whether portions of 42 travel routes that were closed by court order will be re-opened to public wheeled motor vehicle use. The Forest Supervisor’s decision is expected in July 2013. Hardy began the analysis by proposing to keep all of the […]

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