Welcome to
Washington Ridge Camp #44

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Contact Info

11425 Conservation Camp Road, Nevada City Ca. 95959
PH: (530) 265-4623

CDCR Camp Staff

  • G. Ratliff, Lt.

CAL FIRE Staff

  • C. DeSena, Division Chief

Facts and figures

Total Staff (CDCR) 2013: 9
Total Staff (CAL-FIRE) 2013: 10
Total # of Inmates (as of 07/25/2013): 92

Community service projects

  1. Dept Of Water Resources (Clearing the local waterways of debris).
  2. Placer County Roads (Fuel Reduction).
  3. Placer County Parks (Fuel Reduction).
  4. Auburn Parks and Recreation Areas (Fuel Reduction).
  5. Tahoe National Parks (Fuel Reduction and Habitat improvement).
  6. Yuba County Public Works (Clean up levels and waterways of debris).

Camp History

In the spring of 2005, the California Youth Authority could not effectively maintain the ward (Youth Offender) population to meet the CAL-FIRE mission for emergency fire fighting, flood, and the day-to-day activities associated with a conservation camp.

On June 1, 2005, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation took possession of the Washington Ridge Conservation Camp CC#44. The camp was in dire need of refurbishing and required extensive reconstruction to comply with the environmental statutes and laws required for occupancy.

On September 9, 2005, the Camp was at capacity with 100 inmate fire fighters and fully operational.

Inmate Programs

Inmates may participate in hobby craft and recreational activities. Spiritual services are provided by community volunteers. The camp has NA, AA, GED, college courses through the local college, and has an established Alternative to Violence Program.