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Thank you for choosing to spend time in the Cleveland National Forest. This Visitor Guide is for local residents and visitors to southern California. We’ve included maps and information about recreation activities, wildlife, fire danger, and volunteer opportunities to help you enjoy your visit to the Cleveland National Forest. The Forest offers diversity of scenery, wilderness solitude, and lots of recreation opportunities. For almost 100 years, Forest Service employees have been caring for this land as a special place for the citizens of the United States. You can help care for the land by following the rules outlined in this Guide. As you may recall, in 2003 Southern California suffered heavy losses due to California’s worst wildfires in history. These wildfires impacted the way people do things, not only in the forests but also in the surrounding communities. One thing that we are currently doing is removing dead and dying trees and shrubs from the forest. So don’t be surprised if you see workers removing trees and clearing dry brush in the forest areas. For your safety, the Forest may need to close off certain areas or shut down activities due to fire danger. We ask you to be patient, and, if you plan on coming to the forest, call ahead to see what the Fire Danger Level is and what activities may be restricted. This will help you plan your trip accordingly. Remember, planning ahead and taking safety precautions can be your way of helping the forest. Have a wonderful time visiting the Cleveland National Forest. Sincerely,
he Cleveland National Forest is the southernmost national forest in California. Named in honor of President Cleveland, the land was designated a national forest in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Concerns about watersheds and wildfires were the driving forces behind establishing national forests at that time. tailed hawk, or the scratchy song of the house wren. Over 200 resident and migratory birds can be seen in the Forest. Diverse lands in the Forest provide habitat for many wildlife species – mountain lion, bobcat, mule deer, coyote, gray fox, ringtail cat, long tail weasel, opossum, blacktail jackrabbits, desert cottontails, California ground squirrel, and many other small species. The Cleveland National Forest is also home to 19 threatened and endangered plants and animals. Because of the loss of habitat to nearby home and business develop ment, Forest lands have become even more important to the survival of these species. Endangered or threatened species include the southwest ern willow flycatcher, the coastal California gnatcatcher, least Bell’s vireo, arroyo south western toad, and the Laguna Mountains skipper. The Cleveland National Forest is an important recreation resource for the people of south ern California. An estimated 20 million people live within a 2 hour drive. The most popular activities are camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, pic nicking, and scenic driving. Most hiking trails and facilities are open yearround. The Cleveland National Forest has a heavy concentra tion of dead and dying trees and shrubs (fuels) caused by drought. This, coupled with the large number of residences located within and near the boundaries of the forest, has resulted in conditions con ducive to severe and destructive wildfires. During times of high wildfire potential, forest man agers may need to restrict forest use to protect the public and the natural resources of the area. The restrictions put in place at a particular time will depend on local factors, such as weather and fuel conditions, and on the fire situation throughout California. Local conditions, especially rainfall, will also be factors in reducing the degree of restrictions. These restrictions may apply to all or any part of the forest. We are asking the public to CHECK...