The Klamath National Forest covers an area of 1,700,000 acres located in Northern California and a small section in Oregon. This National Forest is truly one of America’s most biologically diverse regions: In the lower elevations, you’ll find stands of Ponderosa Pines, while in the higher elevations, the Douglas fir, sub-alpine fir and mixed conifer command your attention. Along with 200 miles of rivers, nearly 400 animal species reside within its confines.
There are wild horses and elk herds, as well as Coho salmon and steelhead populations. Sightings of river otter, mink, deer, bear, osprey and bald eagles are common along the Klamath’s rivers. Black bear, bobcat, mountain lion, badger, reptiles and amphibians are also widespread across the Klamath. More species of conifer trees grow in one area of the forest than anywhere else on earth. An astounding 17 conifer species co-exist within one square mile! The forest is also home to one plant that lives nowhere else on earth, the Siskiyou Mariposa Lily.
The region’s bird diversity is astonishing and includes the endangered northern spotted owl as well as northern goshawks and olive-sided flycatchers. Unfortunately, multiple fires in the last five years have taken their toll on this National Forest. The damage has affected not only critical habitat for the threatened northern spotted owl but also habitat for threatened and endangered coho salmon. And due to the large burn area in some regions of the forest, seed sources are minimal to non-existent.
Your gift tree planted in Klamath National Forest can make a real impact with the planting of trees including Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, and incense cedar. Reforestation efforts will shorten the time frame for re-establishing forest habitat for the northern spotted owl, protect aquatic habitat for coho salmon, provide slope stability, and reduce potential long-term erosion.