Plumas National Forest

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Plumas National Forest
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Bucks Lake.jpg
Bucks Lake in Plumas National Forest
Map showing the location of Plumas National Forest
Map showing the location of Plumas National Forest
Map of the United States
Nearest city Quincy, California
Coordinates 40°00′01″N 120°40′05″W / 40.00028°N 120.66806°W / 40.00028; -120.66806Coordinates: 40°00′01″N 120°40′05″W / 40.00028°N 120.66806°W / 40.00028; -120.66806
Area 1.1 million acres
Established 1907
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
http://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas

Plumas National Forest is a 1,146,000-acre (4,638 km2) United States National Forest located in the Sierra Nevada, in northern California.

Geography[edit]

About 85% of Plumas National Forest lies in Plumas County, but smaller portions are found in eastern Butte, northern Sierra, southern Lassen, and northeastern Yuba counties. [1] The Plumas National Forest Supervisor's office is located in Quincy, California. There are local ranger district offices in Blairsden, Oroville, and Quincy.[1]

History[edit]

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[edit]

Further information: Ecology of the Sierra Nevada

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

mixed conifer forests of:
and

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ USFS Ranger Districts by State
  2. ^ Davis, Richard C. (September 29, 2005), National Forests of the United States (pdf), The Forest History Society 
  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 

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