Plumas National Forest

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

Roughly 85 percent of Plumas National Forest lies in Plumas County, but smaller portions can be found in eastern Butte, northern Sierra, southern Lassen, and northeastern Yuba counties. The Plumas National Forest Supervisor’s office can be found in Quincy, California. There are local ranger district offices located in Blairsden, Oroville, and Quincy.

It is situated in the Sierra Nevada, just south of the Cascade Rage. The Plumas is versatile in the land features, uncrowded, and enhanced by a pleasant climate. Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted year round to its many streams and lakes, beautiful deep canyons, rich mountain valleys, lofty peaks, and meadows.

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

A study that occurred by the Forest Service in 2002 identified 127,000 acres of the forest as old growth. The most common old-growth forest types are mixed conifer forests of Coast Douglas Fire, Ponderosa Pine, White Fir, Jeffrey Pine, and Red Fir.

Image Caption: Bucks Lake in Plumas National Forest, California, USA. Credit: Plumas National Forest/Wikipedia