Plumas National Forest-Beckwourth Ranger District
23 Mohawk Road
Blairsden, CA 96103
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Plumas National Forest
Beckwourth Ranger District
Situated in the Sierra Nevada, just south of the Cascade Range, the Plumas is versatile in its land features, uncrowded, and enhanced by a pleasant climate. Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted year round to its many streams and lakes, beautiful deep canyons, rich mountain valleys, meadows, and lofty peaks.
Beckwourth District includes three major recreational areas; Lakes Basin, Lake Davis and Frenchman Lake. These areas offer an array of recreational activities for all and have campgrounds operated by concessionaires. There are also Forest Service operated campgrounds in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area as well as a few throughout the District.
Meet Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl
Smokey Bear is America's icon for Wildfire Prevention. Smokey Bear is an American advertising mascot created to educate the public about the dangers of forest fires. An advertising campaign featuring Smokey and the slogan "Smokey Says – Care Will Prevent 9 out of 10 Forest Fires" was created in 1944. Smokey Bear's later slogan, "Remember... Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires" was created in 1947 by the Advertising Council. In April 2001, the message was updated to "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires." According to the Ad Council, Smokey Bear and his message are recognized in the United States by 95% of adults and 77% of children.
Since 1971, Woodsy Owl has reminded Americans to "Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute" and "Lend a Hand, Care for the Land." Click on Woodsy to visit his wonderful world, which is full of activities for kids, information for teachers and other education professionals, and fun facts about Woodsy!
The Forest Service and other federal, tribal, state, and local government agencies work together to respond to tens of thousands of wildfires annually. Each year, an average of more than 73,000 wildfires burn about 7 million acres of federal, tribal, state, and private land and more than 2,600 structures.