- Stanislaus National Forest
Infobox_protected_area | name = Stanislaus National Forest
iucn_category = VI
California, United States
area = 898,099 acres (3,634 km²)
February 22, 1897
U.S. Forest Service
Stanislaus National Forest contains convert|898099|acre|sqmi km2|1|lk=on in four counties in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern
California. It was established on February 22, 1897, making it one of the oldest national forests. It was named after the Stanislaus River. The Emigrant Wildernessis located entirely within its boundaries. Portions of the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, including the Dardanelles Cone, and the Mokelumne Wildernessare also within the Stanislaus National Forest. It is located primarily in eastern Tuolumne County, adjacent to the northwestern part of Yosemite National Park, but parts of it extend (in descending order of forestland area) into southern Alpine, northern Mariposa, and eastern Calaveras counties.
It contains 78 lakes, and convert|811|mi|km|1 of rivers and streams. It has convert|1100|mi|km|1 of non-motorized trails, and convert|2859|mi|km|1 of roads, convert|188|mi|km|1 of which are paved.
The proximity of the Stanislaus National Forest to the
San FranciscoBay Area make it a popular recreation destination. The stunning volcanic and granite formations in the wildernessare somewhat marred by the heavy cattle grazing, a shock to many backpackers. Exceptional whitewater raftingand kayakingcan be found in the Wild and Scenic Tuolumne Riverand Cherry Creek. Other beautiful rivers flowing out of the Stanislaus include the Clavey Riverthe Stanislaus River, and the Merced Riveralong the southern boundary.
Two ski resorts Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley operate here under a special use permit. Forest headquarters are located in
Biology of the Sierra Nevada
Calaveras Big Tree National Forest
List of U.S. National Forests
* [http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/stanislaus/ Stanislaus National Forest official website]
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