23000 Hwy. 20, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
PH: (707) 964-3766 CDCR
PH: (707) 964-3765 CAL FIRE
The primary mission of Parlin Fork Conservation Camp is a collaborative partnership between CDCR and CAL FIRE that focuses on receiving and safely housing minimum-custody inmates who are trained to provide CAL FIRE with Five (5) fire suppression hand crews. The conservation camp inmate fire crew’s make-up a large percentage of California’s wildland fire fighting work force. Services provided by the conservation camps historically amount to millions of dollars in value to the State of California. Community work projects associated with conservation camps support and save tens of thousands of dollars for municipal, county, State, and federal government agencies, including schools, parks, cemeteries, and public recreation areas.
Parlin Fork Camp product is low cost lumber and redwood picnic tables that are sold to state and local government agencies. Parlin Fork’s signature redwood picnic tables can be found at parks and rest stops throughout California.
Parlin Fork Camp provides thousands of man hours for community services projects. Parlin Fork crews are out in the community daily working to keep roadways open, clearing brush, and maintaining the forests and parks so they can be enjoyed by all.
Local government agencies such as the roads departments, county and municipal departments, the fair districts, state and county parks, volunteer fire districts, and schools rely on the low cost camp labor force as a way to accomplish work projects. These projects include, but are not limited to; brush clearing, painting, construction, and general clean-up.
Parlin Fork crews also provide community service projects to local non-profit organizations such as little league, cemetery districts, and the World Famous Salmon BBQ that benefits local salmon habitat restoration.
Parlin Fork Camp also provides most of the manual labor that keeps the Lake Mendocino Recreation Area and local State Parks sources of community pride, tourism, and most importantly available to be enjoyed by the public.
Parlin Fork Camp inmates routinely donate hand crafted wood and art products to local charitable causes. These projects generate thousands of dollars for such causes as Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Fort Bragg High School football, Fort Bragg Little League, and the Victims of Crime Foundation,
Established on August 8, 1949, Parlin Fork Camp is the oldest conservation camp in Northern California and the second oldest in the State. The camp is within the boundaries of the Jackson Demonstration Forest approximately 11 miles east of Fort Bragg. The camp is surrounded by ancient redwood forests that provide a picture perfect setting for this show piece camp.
Parlin Fork Camp was first operated by San Quentin State Prison (SQ) and it’s placement in Mendocino County was to provide fire suppression and work crews to protect and maintain the Jackson Demonstration Forest. In the early 1960’s the California Correctional Center (CCC) assumed operation of the camp. For a short period during the late 1960’s the camp was operated as a federal detention facility. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR) reassumed operation of the camp and in 1972 when the Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) took over operational responsibility for all of the conservation camps. In 1982 the conservation camps were split geographically by northern and southern regions. CCC administers the northern camps and SCC administers the southern camps. Parlin Fork Camp is administered by CCC.
Parlin Fork Camp is a cooperative effort between CDCR and CAL FIRE. CDCR is responsible for the supervision, care, and discipline of the assigned inmates. CAL FIRE maintains the camp facilities, supervises the work of inmate fire crews, and is responsible for supervision of inmate crews assigned to community service projects.
Parlin Fork has a designed capacity for 100 minimum custody inmates. This represents five (5) 17-man fire crews. The remaining inmates serve as cooks, porters, landscapers, laundry workers, clerks, maintenance workers, mechanics and support activity workers. In order to be placed at camp, inmates undergo a rigorous classification and training processes. Inmates live in open dormitories with CDCR peace officers providing around the clock supervision.
Conservation Camp inmates are typically paid $1.45 per day. Skilled inmates can earn up to $3.90 per day. When assigned to emergency fires or floods inmates earn $1.00 per hour. Inmates may also be eligible to earn additional time off their sentences for each day served at a conservation camp.
Parlin Fork Camp has an onsite canteen that offers food, personal, and hygiene items for purchase. Inmates are also allowed to receive personal packages from approved vendors.
Inmates at Parlin Fork Camp enjoy recreational activities such as hobby craft working, art, music, books, and television. Inmates also enjoy physical activities such as volleyball, softball, basketball, handball, horse shoes, billiards, ping pong, and an extensive exercise gym.
GED and college courses are available through CDCR Education Department, Lassen Community College, and Sacramento State University. Inmates have the opportunity to become certified water and sewer plant operators through training provided at the camp.
Self help and religious services are provided by local volunteers and held on a weekly basis.
Regular and family visits are available each weekend and designated holidays.
The camp is an excellent environment for inmates to learn valuable life skills, including dedication, commitment, and teamwork!