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Eldo National Forest Reorg:  “care for the land and people” Eldo National Forest Reorg:  “care for the land and people”
The El Dorado National Forest, home of some of the best Jeep Trails in the world including our personal favorite, The Rubicon Trail, recently... Eldo National Forest Reorg:  “care for the land and people”

The El Dorado National Forest, home of some of the best Jeep Trails in the world including our personal favorite, The Rubicon Trail, recently announced a complete re-organization.

According to the announcement, Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree said “I’ve asked my staff to take a look at how we can organize the forest more efficiently given the staffing and funding we have today. This is the right time to take a hard look at how we can best care for the land and serve people.”

Buck Island Lake on the Rubicon Trail, Eldo National Forest

Purpose of Forest Reorganization…

  1. Provide more efficient customer service to local communities and the visiting public;
  2. Decrease facility maintenance costs to allow more investment of taxpayer dollars into forest resource management;
  3. Provide a safe and healthy environment for employees, volunteers, partners and forest users.

Why is this important for the Eldorado National Forest? The Eldorado National Forest is adapting to change. There is a smaller workforce with diminishing budgets and a shift to accomplishing more work through partnerships in the areas of timber production, fuels reduction, restoration, and public services.

Forest staff are evaluating how to reorganize with less facilities, less personnel, less government owned-vehicles and more partnerships. How will this affect the public? All programs and services will continue, but we will be consolidating our operations. We expect to be organized into 3 ranger districts instead of 4 and to provide Visitor Information Services at 2 locations instead of 3 along Highway 50.

Next Steps

  • This fall, the forest will begin moving Visitor Information Services at Pacific Ranger Station to the Placerville Range Station in Camino, including Desolation Wilderness permits.
  • A variety of reorganization options are being considered with an anticipated forest recommendation in the next few months.
  • Comments and questions can be submitted to:  ENFReorg@fs.fed.us

See the Full Release and District Reorganization maps here.

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  • Harry Palmer

    August 12, 2018 #1 Author

    Many people today have cell phones or equivalent devices. One way to continue providing services, but to acknowledge the reduction of staffing, is to develop better access to websites containing the necessary information, such as trails, map links, downloadable maps, etc. This information can be posted at information kiosks in appropriate locations with solar powered lighting if needed. Good examples of trail maps would be for hiking trails, 4×4 trails, ATV trails, horse trails, etc. In addition, maps to fishing areas along with a link to the State Fish & Game rules can also be made available. Partnering with Google, Garmin, and other companies will allow you to provide better information with minimal expenditure of funds.

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