Mining Comes to the Eldorado Forest

This article by our geology expert, Lester Lubetkin, outlines the geologic processes by which gold came to the forefront in California. He then looks at how this natural resource shaped our lives in the Golden State. Please click on the title and then click here on...

Let the Map Sing for You

This article by ENFIA member Lester Lubetkin is the first in a series that will highlight some of the fascinating and little known history stories that can be found in fun ways on the Eldorado Forest Visitor Map.  Please click on the title and then on the...

Round Top Geologic Area

Round Top Geologic Area | A Journey Through Geologic Time … Extinct volcanoes and glacially sculpted land are some of the clues to the past that you will encounter on your journey through the Round Top Geologic Area. Dramatic changes to the landscape have...

Round Top Botanical Area

Round Top Botanical Area | Discovering Botanical ‘Gold’ In January of 1830, Kit Carson stood near the area we recognize today as Carson Pass. He was followed in the 1850s by a flood of gold seekers traveling through the area. Today thousands of visitors...

Spring Time is Snake Time

Spring Time is Snake Time by By Bob Garrison Be on the lookout for snakes on your outings during the spring and summer. The warm temperatures and longer daylight hours that stimulate people to get out and enjoy nature also trigger the same response in snakes. Pick up...

Uses of Plants In and Around the Forest

Uses of Plants In and Around the Forest by Candice Cantin Packard Native use of plants as medicine is often looked upon as something of the past which has little relevance to our current needs. However, as a professional Herbalist and Member of the American Herbalist...

Beavers: A Closer Look

Beavers: A Closer Look by Donald L. Fink Autumn in the Sierras has always been a special time and place for me. As long as I can remember, I’ve made a trip to the Sierras one last time in the fall, just to check’ on things to make sure everyone was ready...

The Mysterious Mistletoe

The Mysterious Mistletoe by Bob Scharf, Retired Forest Service Plant Pathologist Mistletoe on pines you say? I thought mistletoe was that evergreen, parasitic plant that grows on oaks and other broadleaf trees. Very true, but there is also another mistletoe in...

Going Batty in the Eldorado National Forest

Going Batty in the Eldorado National Forest by Susan Yusada Bats are unique in that they are our only true flying mammal. They are more closely related to primates than rodents. They are placed in the order Chiroptera which means “hand-wing”. This means...

Mountain Lion Safety Tips

Mountain Lion Safety Tips Spring and summer bring warm weather and outdoor activities. Although human versus mountain lion encounters are rare, people living or recreating in mountain lion habitat should be aware of some things they can do if they come in contact with...