- Tahoe National Forest
Tahoe National Forest is a
U.S. National Forestlocated in the state of California, northwest of Lake Tahoe. It includes the convert|8587|ft|m|sing=on peak of Sierra Buttes, near Sierra City, which has views of Mount Lassenand Mount Shasta. It is located in parts of six counties. In descending order of forestland area they are Sierra, Placer, Nevada, Yuba, Plumas, and El Dorado counties. (The El Dorado County portion is very tiny, at only four acres.) [ [http://www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/lar/2007/TABLE_6.htm Table 6 - NFS Acreage by State, Congressional District and County] - United States Forest Service- September 30, 2007] The forest has a total area of 871,495 acres (1,361.71 sq mi, or 3,526.82 km²). Its headquarters is in Nevada City, California.
Tahoe National Forest has many natural and man-made resources for the enjoyment of its visitors, including hundreds of lakes and reservoirs, river canyons carved through
granitebedrock, and many miles of trails including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.
The forest also serves as the water supply headwaters for the towns of Lincoln, Auburn and Rocklin, California, which receive the water through an elaborate canal system that largely originated during the
California Gold Rushera.
The Forest Reserves were established in 1893 to halt uncontrolled exploitation.In California the Sierra Forest Reserve consisted of over convert|4000000|acre|km2. ["History of the Sierra Nevada"by Francis Farquhar University of California Press, 1965 p. 213]
President Theodore Rooseveltsupported the transfer of forest reserves from the Department of the Interiorto the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service in 1905, with Gifford Pinchotas Chief Forester. Thus began the United States National Forest System.
In 1908, the Sierra National Forest was divided into five units and as time went on, more divisions, additions, and combinations were worked out so that presently, Tahoe is one of eight national forests along the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. (They are, from north to south, Plumas, Tahoe, Eldorado, Toiyabe, Stanislaus, Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia.)
chartergiven by James Wilson, Secretary of Agriculture states: The National Forests are for the purpose of preserving a perpetual supply of timber for home industries, preventing a destruction of forest cover which regulates the flow of streams, and protecting local residents from unfair competition in the use of forest and range. The timber,water, pasture and mineral resources of the national forests arefor the use of the people. ["History of the Sierra Nevada"by Francis Farquhar University of California Press, 1965 p. 214] +
Tahoe was originally established as the Lake Tahoe Forest Reserve on April 13, 1899. The name was changed to Tahoe on October 3, 1905. [citation|title=PDFlink| [http://www.foresthistory.org/Research/usfscoll/places/National%20Forests%20of%20the%20U.S.pdf National Forests of the United States] |341 KB|date=September 29, 2005|author=Davis, Richard C.|publisher=The Forest History Society]
* [http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe/ Official website]
* [http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/frameindex.html?http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/writings/nat_parks_forests_1896.html Sierra Club online exhibit of John Muir speech to the club in 1895]
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