Alder Conservation Camp #20


Contact Info

P.O. Box 906 Klamath Ca. 95548
(707) 482-4511

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lt. Waylon Hanks, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. P. Hanson, Assistant Camp Commander


  • D. Esteves, Division Chief

2020 Camp Statistics

CDCR Staff: 9

Total number of inmates: 39

Total inmate capacity: 100

Camp Products

Alder Conservation Camp has built quite a reputation for their quality of Inmate produced woodworking products. Alder Camp is capable of milling and curing various wood species, which are later used for a variety of projects e.g., cabinets, desks, benches, signs and small crafts projects.

Community Service projects

During the calendar year, Alder Conservation Camp, through conservation and work projects, provided the local communities, State Agencies, and Federal Agencies with tens of thousands of work hours. In addition to project and conservation work, the inmate fire crews provided tens of thousands of hours in firefighting and flood work. It is estimated through Alder Camp’s emergency responses to fires, floods, and project work, the inmates provide cost avoidance to the taxpayers of California worth millions of dollars.

In addition to assisting with the previously mentioned projects, Alder Camp inmates also assist the American Cancer Society by setting up and taking down the local Relay for Life fund raising event, annually. The inmates at Alder Camp additionally build toys throughout the year in the Toys for Tots program, under the guidance and supervision of Cal Fire. The toys are distributed through local government agencies for the local under privileged children, whom receive the toys during the Christmas season.

Camp History

The Alder Conservation Camp was opened in April 1961. The Camp is jointly operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL-FIRE). The Camps primary mission is to provide inmate firefighting crews for fire suppression activities in the Humboldt-Del Norte Ranger Unit Areas. In addition to fire suppression, inmate hand crews provide a work force for conservation and community service projects in the local area. In-camp, Alder’ has a CALFIRE Saw Mill and Wood Shop which produce lumber and wood products for tax supported governmental agencies.

The CDCR is responsible for the selection, supervision, care and discipline of the inmates. CALFIRE maintains the camp, supervises the work of inmate fire crews, and is responsible for custody of the inmate while on their daily CALFIRE project activities. CDCR staff may accompany the inmate fire crew when they respond out of the local area to provide for inmate security, care, and custody when no on emergency assignments to fires and other emergencies. Inmates must have 24 hour per day direct supervision while on work projects and while assigned to emergencies.

Inmate Programs

  • Narcotics and Alcohol Anonymous meetings
  • Religious faith based services
  • Hobby Craft program
  • Visiting program
  • Canteen program
  • College and other educational correspondence services available