Lassen National Forest
The Lassen National Forest lies on 1.2 million acres in northern California, at the heart of one of the most breathtaking areas of the state, called the Crossroads. Here, the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet and blend.
The forest encompasses three designated Wilderness Areas and offers a great variety of recreational opportunities to visitors – among them, spectacular wildlife viewing of elk, osprey, bald eagles, deer, and sandhill cranes.
What We Are Doing
Several large wildfires in recent years have created a backlog of reforestation needs in Lassen National Forest. One such fire in 2004 burned 3,422 acres in a critical range and wildlife area of the forest. An arid environment hinders natural regeneration of the site, and replanting is necessary to help reestablish healthy stands.
We are planting 240,000 ponderosa and Jeffrey Pine trees to help these species regenerate before shrubs and grasses take over the damaged site. These replanting projects will help restore the pine forest ecosystem, creating wildlife habitat and adding beauty to the landscape.