Plumas National Forest
Bucks Lake in Plumas National Forest
Map showing the location of Plumas National Forest
Map showing the location of Plumas National Forest
Map of California
Map showing the location of Plumas National Forest
Map showing the location of Plumas National Forest
Plumas National Forest (the United States)
Nearest cityQuincy, California
Coordinates40°00′01″N 120°40′05″W / 40.00028°N 120.66806°W / 40.00028; -120.66806
Area1,146,000 acres (4,640 km2)
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service
WebsitePlumas National Forest

Plumas National Forest is a 1,146,000-acre (4,640 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.


About 85% of Plumas National Forest lies in Plumas County, portions extend into eastern Butte, northern Sierra, southern Lassen, and northeastern Yuba counties.[1]


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.[2]


Plumas was established as the Plumas Forest Reserve by the United States 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.[3] The Bucks Lake Wilderness was officially designated in 1984 as a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.


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, using an economic type definition.[4] 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


  1. ^[bare URL]
  2. ^ USFS Ranger Districts by State
  3. ^ Davis, Richard C. (September 29, 2005), National Forests of the United States (PDF), The Forest History Society, archived from the original (PDF) on October 28, 2012, retrieved August 13, 2011
  4. ^ 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