Plumas National Forest

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Plumas National Forest
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Bucks Lake in Plumas National Forest
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Plumas National Forest (the United States)
Nearest city Quincy, California
Coordinates 40°00′01″N120°40′05″W / 40.00028°N 120.66806°W / 40.00028; -120.66806 Coordinates: 40°00′01″N120°40′05″W / 40.00028°N 120.66806°W / 40.00028; -120.66806
Area1,146,000 acres (4,640 km2)
Established1907
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
Website Plumas National Forest

Plumas National Forest is a 1,146,000-acre (4,638 km2) United States National Forest located at the northern terminus of the Sierra Nevada, in northern California. The Forest was named after its primary watershed, the Rio de las Plumas, or Feather River.

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Geography

About 85% of Plumas National Forest lies in Plumas County, portions extend into eastern Butte, northern Sierra, southern Lassen, and northeastern Yuba counties.

Management

The land is managed by the United States Forest Service under the Department of Agriculture with local management stationed at the Plumas National Forest Supervisor's office in Quincy, California. The forest is also subdivided into three Ranger Districts, the Beckwourth Ranger District, the Feather Falls Ranger District and the Mt. Hough Ranger District, with local management in Blairsden, Oroville, and Quincy, respectively. [1]

History

Plumas was established as the Plumas Forest Reserve by the General Land Office on March 27, 1905. In 1906 the forest was transferred to the U.S. Forest Service, and on March 4, 1907, it became a National Forest. On July 1, 1908, a portion of Diamond Mountain National Forest was added. [2] The Bucks Lake Wilderness was officially designated in 1984 as a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Ecology

A 2002 study by the Forest Service identified 127,000 acres (51,000 ha) of the forest as old growth, using an economic type definition. [3] The most common old-growth forest types are mixed conifer forests of:

Virtually no virgin timberland exists, as the area has been a logging epicenter starting with the gold rush continuing into the modern era.

See also

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References

  1. USFS Ranger Districts by State
  2. Davis, Richard C. (September 29, 2005), National Forests of the United States (PDF), The Forest History Society, archived from the original (pdf) on February 12, 2013, retrieved August 13, 2011
  3. Warbington, Ralph; Beardsley, Debby (2002), 2002 Estimates of Old Growth Forests on the 18 National Forests of the Pacific Southwest Region, United States Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region