Demonstration State Forests
California’s forests are iconic. From the coastal redwoods, to the high sierra conifers, and Giant Sequoia’s, these forests help define our state. Learning how to care for these treasures for the people of California is why the Demonstration State Forests exist. These forests represent the most common forest types in California and serve as a living laboratory for how to care for California’s timberlands for multiple benefits—wood products and timber production, recreation, watershed protection and habitat restoration.
What is being demonstrated?
The Demonstration State Forests show how forests can be managed for multiple objectives on multiple levels. Looking landscape wide, these forests demonstrate how harvests can be balanced over a half century to result in denser forests, a key measure of sustainability. Demonstrations on a finer scale include new watershed restoration techniques being tested, and fundamental science research taking place that enables students, visitors and private forest landowners to learn about forest management and forest ecosystems. What we learn is essential to better manage our dynamic forests through time.
Why do these forests matter?
The Demonstration State Forests provide a unique set of circumstances for testing a variety of forest treatments through time. The experiments and research conducted on our Demonstration State Forests helps inform management practices for government, nonprofit and private forestland owners. Private forestland ownerships comprise 40% of California’s forestland and are key to sustaining forests for all California.
How can you get involved?
The state forests are an asset to the surrounding communities, providing jobs, recreation opportunities, aesthetic value. Find the state forest near to you learn how you can support your forest.