The Six Rivers National Forest has the distinct honor of providing the 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
The Six Rivers National Forest includes 974,612 acres of mountainous land that stretches from the Oregon-California border south for approximately 140 miles to Mendocino County. The Six Rivers also manages the Klamath National Forest’s Ukonom Ranger District (195,612 acres), bringing the total land under Six Rivers’ management to 1.17 million acres.
Elevations across the Forest range from nearly sea-level to approximately 7,000 feet. As a result, the Six Rivers supports diverse ecosystems and landscapes. The Forest is composed of extensive stands of coniferous forest, with moderate amounts of oak woodland and grassland in the southern part of the Forest. These ecosystems provide habitat for eight federally classified threatened and endangered species, including the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon. In addition, 32 plant, 2 bird, 1 fish, and 2 mammal species found in the Six Rivers are designated as Forest Service Sensitive species.
The Six Rivers—named for the six major rivers that run within its boundaries: the Smith, Klamath, Trinity, Mad, Van Duzen and Eel—has more than 1,500 miles of streams, constituting 9 percent of California’s total freshwater runoff. The Smith, Klamath, Trinity, and Eel River watersheds include more than 365 miles of designated Wild and Scenic River. The Salmon River on the Ukonom Ranger District is also a Wild and Scenic River. The Smith River is the only major undammed, naturally flowing river remaining in California. The rivers provide many recreational opportunities. While rafting and kayaking are popular water-based recreational activities, the resilient watersheds of the forest are perhaps best known for providing some of the best anadromous fishing opportunities in California. In addition to river recreation, popular activities in the Six Rivers include camping, hiking, backpacking, picnicking, and motorized vehicle use.
For more information, visit the Six Rivers National Forest website.