List of California state forests

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This is a list of California state forests, operated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.


State ForestLand areaCountyCityEstablishedRef
Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest 3,493 acres (14.14 km2) Lake Cobb 1949 [1]
Ellen Pickett State Forest 160 acres (0.65 km2) Trinity - [2]
Jackson Demonstration State Forest 48,652 acres (196.89 km2) Mendocino Fort Bragg 1949 [3]
Las Posadas State Forest 796 acres (3.22 km2) Napa Angwin [2]
LaTour Demonstration State Forest 9,033 acres (36.56 km2) Shasta Redding 1949 [4]
Mount Zion Demonstration State Forest 164 acres (0.66 km2) Amador -1981 [2]
Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest 4,807 acres (19.45 km2) Tulare Springville 1946 [5]
Soquel Demonstration State Forest 2,681 acres (10.85 km2) Santa Cruz Soquel 1990 [6]

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  2. 1 2 3 "CAL FIRE Demonstration State Forests" (PDF). CalFire. December 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  3. "Welcome to Jackson". Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  4. "Welcome to LaTour". Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  5. "Welcome to Mountain Home". Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  6. "Welcome to Soquel". Retrieved 2019-11-08.