SONORA, California – Beginning Monday, June 5, the front desk at Mi-Wok Ranger District on the Stanislaus National Forest will be open only on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The decision stems from staffing challenges, budget constraints and planned construction at the district office.
“We are experimenting with this operational change due to some challenges we face this recreation season,” said Scott Tangenberg, Stanislaus National Forest’s acting Forest Supervisor. “In addition, we have construction work planned at Mi-Wok that will impact parking for about six weeks.”
Tangenberg noted that the service desk at Mi-Wok receives the fewest visitors of any office on the Forest. In addition, it is located about 20 minutes from both the Forest Supervisor’s office in Sonora, Calif., and the Summit Ranger District, on Highway 108.
“Mi-Wok receives the lowest number of visitors, except for Fridays when backpackers and dispersed campers stop in for wilderness permits,” Tangenberg said. “We still want visitors to be able to pick them up on their way up the hill.”
Residents who need fuel wood tags or other permits Monday through Thursday may visit the Forest Supervisor’s office, located at 19777 Greenley Road in Sonora, Calif., the Summit Ranger Station on Highway 108, the Calaveras Ranger District on Highway 4 and the Groveland Ranger District on Highway 120.
“We understand that community members may miss the convenience of stopping into the Mi-Wok Ranger District front desk, but the combination of factors made it extremely difficult for the Forest to operate in a ‘business as usual’ manner this year,” Tangenberg said.
Contact your local Ranger District office if you have questions, or for current information on roads and conditions before traveling on the Forest.
Stanislaus NF Supervisor’s Office: 209-532-3671
Calaveras Ranger District: 209-795-1381
Groveland Ranger District 209-962-7825
Summit Ranger District at 209-965-3434.
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