US Forest Service - Stanislaus National Forest (CA)

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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

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 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 the Mi-Wok (District 1), Calaveras (District 2), Summit (District 3) and Groveland (District 4) Ranger Districts with 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).

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The forest has 3 nets, each of which can operate direct or simplex, as well as with repeaters and they are the Fire and Operations Net, Admin Net and Service 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 identifier system for non-fire personnel is unknown. 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 STF1 Emer Dir Stanislaus NF Emergency (Fire Management) Net Direct
2 1-3,5-10 170.5000 168.7500 STF2 Emer Rpt Stanislaus NF Emergency (Fire Management) Net Repeater
3 171.1375 171.1375 STF3 Admin Dir Stanislaus NF Admin (Law Enforcement/All Functions, but Fire) Net Direct
4 1-12 171.1375 168.1500 STF4 Admin Rpt Stanislaus NF Admin (Law Enforcement/All Functions, but Fire) Net Repeater
5 168.6625 168.6625 STF5 R5 Proj Region 5 Project Net
6 166.5500 166.5500 STF6 R5 T4 R5 Tac 4 - Mikwok Ranger District #1
7 167.1125 167.1125 STF7 R5 T5 R5 Tac 5 - Calaveras Ranger District #2/Groveland Ranger District #4
8 168.2375 168.2375 STF8 R5 T6 R5 Tac 6 - Summit Ranger District #3
9 167.4750 167.4750 STF9 A/G41 CA3 P National Air-Ground 41 CA Zone 3 Primary
10 151.1750 159.4500 STF10 CF TCU Rpt Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit Local Net
11 151.4600 151.4600 STF11 CF MMU Rpt Cal Fire Mariposa-Madera-Merced Unit Local Net
12 172.7750 166.3625 STF12 YNP Fire Rpt Yosemite NP Fire Net Repeater
13 6 156.0750 156.0750 STF13 CALCORD CA On Scene Coordination
14 1 168.6250 168.6250 STF14 Air Guard National Air Guard Tone 1 - 110.9 Rx & Tx Sides


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

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