Six Rivers National Forest
|Six Rivers National Forest|
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
|Location||Northwest California, US|
|Nearest city||Crescent City, California|
|Area||957,590 acres (3,875.2 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Forest Service|
|Website||Six Rivers National Forest|
Six Rivers National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in the northwestern corner of California. It was established on June 3, 1947 by U.S. President Harry S. Truman from portions of Klamath, Siskiyou and Trinity National Forests. Its over one million acres (4,000 km2) of land contain a variety of ecosystems and 137,000 acres (550 km2) of old growth forest. It lies in parts of four counties; in descending order of forestland area they are Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, and Siskiyou counties. Six Rivers is named after the six major rivers that pass near or through the forest and include:
- the Eel River
- the Van Duzen River (tributary of the Eel)
- the Klamath River
- the Trinity River (tributary of the Klamath)
- the Mad River
- the Smith River
The forest has 366 miles (589 km) of wild and scenic rivers, six distinct botanical areas, and public-use areas for camping, hiking, and fishing. The northernmost section of the forest is known as the Smith River National Recreation Area. Forest headquarters are located in Eureka, California. There are local ranger district offices in Bridgeville, Gasquet, Orleans, and Willow Creek.
There are five designated wilderness areas in Six Rivers National Forest that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Two of them lie mostly in other National Forests or on Bureau of Land Management land.
- Mount Lassic Wilderness
- North Fork Wilderness
- Siskiyou Wilderness (partly in Klamath NF)
- Trinity Alps Wilderness (mostly in Trinity NF; partly in Shasta NF, Klamath NF, or on BLM land)
- Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness (mostly in Mendocino NF; partly in Trinity NF, or BLM land)
- The Patterson-Gimlin film, claimed to be a recording of a Bigfoot, was filmed in this national forest.
- Klamath Mountains
- Lyng v Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association, a 1988 US Supreme Court decision, concerned land in the forest claimed as sacred by several local Native American tribes
- In 1947 Jose Garcia, father of a then present 5-year-old Jerry Garcia, slipped on a rock while fly fishing in the Trinity River and drowned. Jerry claimed to have witnessed this happen, though others familiar with the family assert that he did not.
- 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
- USFS Ranger Districts by State