LATOUR DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST
LATOUR DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST
This property became a state forest in 1946 when the State Lands Commission deeded the property to the then California Division of Forestry. It is located in Shasta County south of Burney and east of Redding at the edge of the Lassen National Forest. LaTour forest contains many interesting volcanic and glacial geological features.
The forest supports 10 coniferous tree species of commercial value. These are sugar, ponderosa, Jeffrey, western white and lodge-pole pine, Douglas-fir, white and red fir incense cedar and mountain hemlock. The stands contain lesser amounts of hardwood trees, such as California black and canyon live oak, big leaf maple and red alder.
As part of the Cascade Range, the area is popular with hikers, bicyclists, snowmobilers, and equestrian groups. Hunting and fishing may be enjoyed in season and in accordance with the Department of Fish and Game laws.
Normally, the forest is accessible to vehicles from late June until November. Winter and spring months are often a time of high winds, deep snow, and extreme cold, making the area inaccessible to vehicle traffic except snowmobiles. Campsites include picnic tables, fire rings, restroom facilities and water is available. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash. Please keep horses out of campgrounds.
In the summer and fall, forest roads are open to public travel except when there is danger due to logging equipment. The use of scooters, carts, mountain bikes, etc., is restricted to the forest roads.
Latour Demonstration State Forest is located in Siskiyou County, California, USA. Its history dates back to the mid-20th century when the need for a research and demonstration forest was recognized by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF). The forest was established in 1949 and named after Hiram Latour, a pioneering forester who actively promoted forestry education and research in California.
The primary objective of creating Latour Demonstration State Forest was to provide a dedicated space for research, education, and demonstration of sustainable forest management practices. The forest covers an area of approximately 3,500 acres and is situated within the Klamath Mountains ecoregion, known for its diverse forest ecosystems.
In the early years of the forest's history, various research studies were conducted, focusing on topics such as timber growth, silviculture, and fire management. The information gathered from these studies helped inform and improve forest management practices throughout the state of California.
In addition to research activities, Latour Demonstration State Forest serves as an outdoor classroom for forestry students and professionals. It offers opportunities for field trips, training, and workshops on topics like forest ecology, timber harvesting techniques, and wildfire management. The forest also provides access to recreational activities such as hiking, wildlife viewing, and camping.
The forest management practices applied at Latour Demonstration State Forest have evolved to accommodate changing societal, economic, and environmental needs. Today, the forest continues to serve as an important research and educational resource, striving to demonstrate sustainable forest management practices that balance economic and ecological considerations.