16809 Peoria Flat Road, Jamestown, Ca. 95327
PH (209) 984-4464
Total Staff (CDCR) 2018: 10
Total Staffing (CAL-FIRE) 2018: 16
Total # Inmates (as of 09/25/2018): 90
Community service projects
Total number of projects completed (estimated) 2017: Approximately 20
Total number of man-hours currently (as of September) completed for 2017: 136,492
Total number of man-hours projected to be complete in 2017: 145,000
Total Number of Fire man-hours 2017: 109,863
Baseline Conservation Camp was originally established in 1965, based on grounds at Sierra Conservation Center (SCC). In 1990, the Baseline Camp operation was relocated approximately 6 miles east of SCC.
All inmates are required to work and they are paid for their labor. The majority of the inmates are laborers, and they receive $1.45 per day. Skilled inmates may earn up to $2.56 per day. Skilled inmates include mechanics, clerks, cooks, plumbers, welders, carpenters, electricians, and the lead fire crew workers. While fighting fires, inmate may earn $1 per hour. Although basic preparation and fire fighting is conducted at the SCC by both CDC and CDF personnel, additional work training continues at the Camp. CDF assures that the inmates are fire and emergency ready and provides a variety of other hands-on project training.Money earned by the inmates is placed into a trust account for their use. They may send money home or save it until they are released to parole. At the camp canteen, inmates may purchase items such as toiletries, correspondence materials, and snacks. They may also participate in hobby crafts or other leisure time activities during their off-work hours. Visiting is conducted during weekends, and families are allowed to bring a picnic lunch for the visit. There are also spiritual services provided by community volunteers. With these benefits, inmates quickly learn that life in a conservation camp is preferable to life behind the walls of a prison and, therefore, conduct themselves accordingly.