Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest

Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Jeffrey pine Siskiyou Wilderness.jpg
Jeffrey pine on a high ridge
Map showing the location of Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest
Map showing the location of Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest
Location Oregon and California, USA
Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties in Oregon
Del Norte and Siskiyou counties in California [1]
Nearest city Medford, Oregon
Coordinates 42°03′45″N 123°56′15″W / 42°03′45″N 123°56′15″W / 42.06250; -123.93750
Area 1,723,179 acres (697,346 ha) [2]
Established 2004 (1906)
Visitors 915,000 [3] (in 2006)
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
Website Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest

The Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest is a United States National Forest in the U.S. states of Oregon and California. The formerly separate Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forests were administratively combined in 2004. Now, the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest ranges from the crest of the Cascade Range west into the Siskiyou Mountains, covering almost 1.8 million acres (7,300 km2). [4] Forest headquarters are located in Medford, Oregon.

Map of southwestern Oregon

Geography

The former Rogue River portion of the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest is located in parts of five counties in southern Oregon and northern California. In descending order of land area they are Jackson, Klamath, Douglas, Siskiyou, and Josephine counties, with Siskiyou County being the only one in California. It has a land area of 628,443 acres (254,322 ha). There are local ranger district offices located in Ashland, Butte Falls, Grants Pass, Jacksonville, and Prospect.

Gold Beach ranger station

The former Siskiyou portion of the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest is located in parts of four counties in southwestern Oregon and northwestern California. In descending order of land area they are Curry, Josephine, and Coos counties in Oregon and Del Norte County in California. It has a land area of 1,094,726 acres (443,020 ha). [1] There are local ranger district offices located in Cave Junction, Gold Beach, and Powers.

Nearly all of the national forest is mountainous and includes parts of the Southern Oregon Coast Range, the Klamath Mountains, and the Cascade Range.

The largest river in the national forest is the Rogue River, which originates in the Cascade Range and flows through the Klamath Mountains and Coast Range. The Illinois River is a major tributary of the Rogue in the Klamath Mountains, while the Sixes, Elk, Pistol, Chetco, and Winchuck rivers drain the Coast Range directly to the Pacific Ocean.

Climate

Climate data for Siskiyou National Forest (Southern Oregon and Northern California)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 65
(18)
80
(27)
87
(31)
96
(36)
108
(42)
111
(44)
115
(46)
115
(46)
110
(43)
100
(38)
82
(28)
69
(21)
115
(46)
Average high °F (°C) 50
(10)
55
(13)
61
(16)
68
(20)
76
(24)
84
(29)
92
(33)
92
(33)
86
(30)
74
(23)
57
(14)
49
(9)
70
(21)
Average low °F (°C) 31
(−1)
33
(1)
35
(2)
37
(3)
41
(5)
47
(8)
51
(11)
51
(11)
46
(8)
39
(4)
36
(2)
31
(−1)
40
(4)
Record low °F (°C) 6
(−14)
6
(−14)
21
(−6)
22
(−6)
22
(−6)
27
(−3)
28
(−2)
30
(−1)
24
(−4)
18
(−8)
10
(−12)
−2
(−19)
−2
(−19)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 9.16
(232.7)
8.56
(217.4)
6.90
(175.3)
3.04
(77.2)
1.55
(39.4)
0.66
(16.8)
0.31
(7.9)
0.54
(13.7)
1.24
(31.5)
3.11
(79)
7.86
(199.6)
8.79
(223.3)
51.72
(1,313.8)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 3.40
(8.64)
1.70
(4.32)
0.60
(1.52)
0.30
(0.76)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.90
(2.29)
3.60
(9.14)
10.50
(26.67)
Source: [5]
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