Forests Interpretive Association –
Officially authorized by the US Forest Service
Our goal is to aid in promoting an appreciation and understanding of these forests, and to assist the US Forest Service in its mission to conserve these public lands.
We publish and distribute books, brochures, maps and other materials relating to the human and natural history of the Sierra Nevada. Profits from these activities are used to help the Forest Service fund a wide range of interpretive and educational programs, contributing to the public's appropriate use, understanding, and enjoyment of these precious resources.
We believe that an informed public can aid in the conservation mission of the Forest Service. Those who understand the mission are more likely to help further those mandates so that future generations can enjoy the benefits of this priceless heritage.
View 3FIA's latest newsletter featuring some of our work.
A new "Painting with a Ranger" program in the Stanislaus National Forest meets Saturdays this summer to demonstrate basic landscape painting skills. Participants meet at the scenic Donnell Vista on Hwy 108 about 1/2 hr east of Pinecrest Summit Ranger Station. Paints & brushes are provided, bring along a canvas board or foam core board.
3FIA partnered with California Land Management and the Giant Sequoia National Monument Association to create and install a set of interpretive panels at this grove of old growth giant sequoia trees. Learn about former 3FIA president, Art Cowley, who worked along with others to envision and plan this popular trail through the ancient redwoods.
READ ABOUT WORK BEING DONE AT THE TRAIL OF 100 GIANTS
Many visitors to Wilderness areas are profoundly touched by their experiences in a wild place. Experiencing the wilderness first-hand often leads to a desire to contribute to its preservation. Inspired visitors want to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy these sacred places.
BECOME A WILDERNESS STEWARD
Initial improvements will begin this summer on the Mono Creek Trail in the Sierra National Forest thanks in part to a fund honoring the memory of Herb London, a true advocate for the forests and long time proprietor of the Rock Creek Pack Station.
The West Side Trail Project
Read about what happens when a community and several federal agencies collaborate to enhance a favorite hiking trail in the Stanislaus National Forest.