US Forest Service - Stanislaus National Forest (CA)

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Angeles Inyo Lassen Modoc Sequoia Six Rivers
Cleveland Klamath Los Padres Plumas Shasta-Trinity Stanislaus
Eldorado Lake Tahoe BMU Mendocino San Bernardino Sierra Tahoe

Stanislaus National Forest (STF - Forest #16) "Stanislaus" KME 2-4

The Stanislaus Forest Reserve, located in California's Central Sierra, was created by President Grover Cleveland February 22, 1897. The Stanislaus Reserve was much larger than today's forest; it contained all or portions of the present day Tahoe, Eldorado, Sierra, and Toiyabe National Forests. Presidents that followed issued proclamations to split the reserve into smaller, more manageable units. The Stanislaus National Forest has four major watersheds, all with their headwaters near the Sierra crest and all of which run in a southwest direction, through the San Joaquin Valley and eventually into the Pacific Ocean. The northern boundary of the Stanislaus is formed by the Mokelumne River, the southern boundary by the Merced, while the Stanislaus River, roughly bisects the forest from north to south, and the Tuolumne River—emanating from the Mount Lyell glacier in Yosemite National Park—runs between and generally parallels the Stanislaus and the Merced rivers. Of the four rivers, the forest's name came from the Stanislaus. It encompasses 898,099 acres on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada; California’s snow capped mountain range that flanks the Great Central Valley. Located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, the Forest landscape is a continuum of natural and scenic beauty that defines the Sierra. Amid soaring crests, sparkling mountain lakes, towering forests, and canyons carved by cool rushing rivers, visitors discover connections with nature and the spirit of the Sierra Nevada. A mere two hour drive from the Great Central Valley and three hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, makes the Forest a very popular destination. The mountains were shaped by volcanic and glacial action, producing rugged and spectacular topography at high elevations. Each elevation, from 1,500 to over 11,000 feet above sea level, has its own unique vegetation, wildlife, and corresponding temperatures. While the lower elevations are hot and dry, the higher elevations have lush meadows cooled by melting snow. The Stanislaus contains 78 lakes, and 811 miles of rivers and streams. It has 1,100 miles of non-motorized trails, and 2,859 miles of roads, 188 of which are paved. Bald eagle, peregrine falcon and wolverine have all been reported on the Forest. Here you will find Sierra mixed conifer, true fir, lodgepole pine and subalpine vegetation.

The Forest contains some 139,000 acres of old growth that includes Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta), Jeffrey Pine (Pinus jeffreyi), and White Fir (Abies concolor).

The Stanislaus National Forest is divided into three ranger districts the Calaveras (District 2), Groveland (District 4) Ranger Districts with the Summit (District 3) and Mi-Wok (District 1) having been combined in 2021 with the combination being called the "Summit Mi-Wok Ranger District." It is assumed that non-fire management personnel will now use the Summit RD number of 3. It is also assumed that Mi-Wok will remain as a battalion, so all fire personnel and apparatus will continue with the #1 in their identifiers (call signs). It appears that the Mi-Wok ranger station is closed to visitors. It is unknown if office and fire station space remains at the Mi-Wok location. The Forest Supervisor's Office in Sonora. These Ranger Districts are divided along three highway corridors: State Highway 120, also known as the Tioga Pass Road, to the south (Groveland District); State Highway 108, also known as the Sonora Pass Highway, along the middle fork of the Stanislaus River (Mi-Wok and Summit Ranger Districts); and State Highway 4, also known as the Ebbetts Pass Highway, to the north (Calaveras Ranger District).

R5 2014 Stanislaus NF RD Map.gif

CNF Stations
Calaveras Ranger District #2 Summit Miwok Ranger District #3 Groveland Ranger District #4
Station 21- Hathaway Pines - Patrol Station 31 - Summit - Patrol (District Office) Station 41 - Buck Meadows - Patrol (District Office)
Station 22 - Dorrington Station 32 - Pinecrest Station 42 - Buck Meadows
Station 33 - Brightman Station 43 - McDiarmid
Station 34 - Dry Meadow Station 44 - Cherry
Mi-Wok Battalion #1 Station 45 - Kinsley
Station 11 - Mi-Wok
Station 12 - Long Barn
Station 13 - Cottonwood (colocated w/local FD)
Station 14 - McKnight (colocated w/local FD)


The forest has 2 nets, each of which can operate direct or simplex, as well as with repeaters and they are the Forest Operations Net and the Admin Net. Yosemite National Parks's Fire repeater net is provided in one channel as are the local nets of the Cal Fire units Stanislaus National Forest fire personnel work with on a frequent basis. Remote base locations and the method linking them (microwave or UHF) have not been determined. It is likely that one of the remote bases is located on Mt. Lewis.


The unit identifiers follow the function name, district, position number system. Common function names include resources, timber, recreation, wilderness, OHV (Off Highway Vehicle management), lands, special uses, range, wildlife, watershed, soils, fisheries, engineer, engineering, roads, O & M (Operations and Maintenance), ecology and possible additional. Not every forest uses all of these and some ID the same unit with a different name, example some forests call their O & M and roads units "engineering." People assigned to the Forest Supervisor's Office have a "5" in their identifier, example Battalion 51 does not work on a ranger district, but in the Supervisor's Office. Dispatching is done by the Stanislaus National Forest Emergency Command Center located in the Forest Supervisor's Office on Greenley Road in Sonora. This center is not co-located and is not an interagency center. It does not provide a logistics order point/channel for any other agency either. There are only two such centers of this type in R5, this and the Plumas National Forest Emergency Communications Center. The Stanislaus Center identifies as "Stanislaus."

Channel Plan

Stanislaus National Forest Channel Lineup
Channel Tone(s) Rx Tx Alpha Tag Description
1 170.5000 170.5000 Forest Ops Dir Stanislaus NF Forest Operations Net Direct
2 1-10, 13 170.5000 168.7500 Forest Ops Rpt Stanislaus NF Forest Operations Net Repeater
3 171.1375 171.1375 Admin Dir Stanislaus NF Admin Net Direct
4 1-13 171.1375 168.1500 Admin Rpt Stanislaus NF Admin Net Repeater
5 163.7215 163.7125 R5 Comn T1 R5 Common Tac 1
6 168.6625 168.6625 R5 Comn T2 R5 Common Tac 2
7 168.6625 168.6625 R5 Project Region 5 Project Net
8 166.5500 166.5500 R5 T4 R5 Tac 4 - Mikwok Ranger District #1 Initial Attack
9 167.1125 167.1125 R5 T5 R5 Tac 5 - Calaveras Ranger District #2/Groveland Ranger District #4 Initial Attack
10 168.2375 168.2375 R5 T6 R5 Tac 6 - Summit Ranger District #3 Initial Attack
11 167.4750 167.4750 A/G41 CA3 P National Air-Ground 41 CA Zone 3 Primary
12 168.6375 168.6375 A/G24 CA3 S National Air-Ground 24 CA Zone 3 Secondary
13 151.1750 159.4500 CF TCU Rpt Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit Local Net
14 151.4600 151.4600 CF MMU-1 Rpt Cal Fire Mariposa-Madera-Merced Unit Local Net 1
15 172.7750 166.3625 YNP Fire Rpt Yosemite NP Fire Net Repeater
16 1 168.6250 168.6250 Nat Air Guard National Air Guard Tone 1 - 110.9 Rx & Tx Sides

The Stanislaus National Forest decommissioned its Service Net in 2020.

Revised 3-1-22


STF Repeaters
Tone Location - Net(s) Equipped CTCSS Tone
1 Mt. Lewis - Ops/Admin 110.9
2 Pilot Peak - Ops/Admin 123.0
3 Double Dome - Ops/Admin 131.8
4 Relief Peak - Ops/Admin 136.5
5 Mt. Reba - Ops/Admin 146.2
6 North Mtn. - Ops/Admin 156.7
7 Duckwall Mtn. - Ops/Admin 167.9
8 Walker Ridge - Ops/Admin 103.5
9 Strawberry Peak - Ops/Admin 100.0
10 Yankee Hill - Ops/Admin 107.2
11 Sachese Monument - Admin 114.8
12 Sugarloaf - Admin 127.3
13 Manzanita Point - Ops/Admin 141.3

Information about the tones transmitted on the output frequency is unavailable.

NOTE: The Relief Peak, Sachese Monument and Sugarloaf repeaters are portable. They can possibly be moved or removed.

Related Links

  • National Incident Radio Support Cache - These frequencies are used for large incidents, usually when a Type I or Type II Incident Management Team is assigned. This cache is used for fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, visits of high ranking officials, such the U.S. President and the presidents of other countries, large law enforcement incidents, special events and other incidents where the federal government is utilizing the Incident Command System.

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US Forests in California:

Angeles Inyo Lassen Modoc Sequoia Six Rivers
Cleveland Klamath Los Padres Plumas Shasta-Trinity Stanislaus
Eldorado Lake Tahoe BMU Mendocino San Bernardino Sierra Tahoe