- Sierra National Forest
Infobox_protected_area | name = Sierra National Forest
iucn_category = VI
caption = Map of the
locator_x = 20
locator_y = 82
location = Sierra Nevada Mountains
lat_degrees = 37
lat_minutes = 25
lat_seconds = 0
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 119
long_minutes = 10
long_seconds = 0
long_direction = W
area = 1.3 million acres
established = 1893
governing_body = USDA/
US Forest Service
Sierra National Forest is a U.S.
National Forestlocated on the western slope of central Sierra Nevada in the state of California. The forest is known for its mountain scenery and natural resources. It includes more than 1.3 million acres (5,300 km²), at altitudes that range from 1,000 to 14,000 feet (300 to 4,300 m) in elevation. The terrain includes rolling, oak-covered foothills, heavily forested middle elevation slopes and the alpine landscape of the High Sierra. In descending order of forestland area, it lies in the eastern portions of Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa counties, adjacent to the southern part of Yosemite National Park. Forest headquarters are located in Clovis, California.
Originally titled the Sierra Forest Reserve on
February 14, 1893, it was the second national forest reserve designated in California. It was also where the first timber sale on a California national forest took place by the General Land Officein 1899. [Godfrey, Anthony "The Ever-Changing View-A History of the National Forests in California" USDA Forest Service Publishers, 2005 p. 92] ]
The forest includes a number of scenic attractions, including
Fresno Domeand Nelder Grove. Several reservoirs offer fishing, including Bass Lake, Wishon Reservoir, and Courtright Reservoir. Also, there are numerous hiking opportunities in wilderness areas: Ansel Adams, John Muir, Dinkey Lakes, Kaiser, and Monarch.
It also has a ski area,
Sierra Summit Ski Area, that operates under a special use permit.
Ecology of the Sierra Nevada
* [http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sierra/ USDA Forest Service Sierra National Forest] (PD source)
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