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Plumas National Forest
IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area)
Map of the United States
Nearest city Quincy, California
Coordinates 40°00′01″N 120°40′05″W / 40.00028°N 120.66806°W / 40.00028; -120.66806Coordinates: 40°00′01″N 120°40′05″W / 40.00028°N 120.66806°W / 40.00028; -120.66806
Area 1.1 million acres
Established 1907
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

Plumas National Forest is a 1,146,000-acre (4,638 km²) United States National Forest located in northern California, in the Sierra Nevada mountains. About 85 percent of the National Forest lies in Plumas County, but smaller portions are found in eastern Butte, northern Sierra, southern Lassen, and northeastern Yuba counties. [1] The Plumas National Forest Supervisor's office is located in Quincy, California. There are local ranger district offices in Blairsden, Oroville, and Quincy.[1]

Plumas was established as the Plumas Forest Reserve by the General Land Office on March 27, 1905. In 1906 the forest was transferred to the U.S. Forest Service, and on March 4, 1907 it became a National Forest. On July 1, 1908 a portion of Diamond Mountain National Forest was added.[2]

A 2002 study by the Forest Service identified 127,000 acres (51,000 ha) of the forest as old growth[3 ]. The most common old-growth forest types are mixed conifer forests of Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii), Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa), and White Fir (Abies concolor), Jeffrey Pine (Pinus jeffreyi) forests, and Red Fir (Abies magnifica) forests.

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