Alder Conservation Camp #20


Camp Details

Contact Info

  • P.O. Box 906 Klamath, CA 95548
  • (707) 482-4511

CDCR Camp Staff

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

2021 Camp Statistics

  • CDCR Staff: 9
  • Total number of inmates: 47
  • Total inmate capacity: 100

Camp Products

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

Community Service Projects

During the calendar year, Alder Conservation Camp provides local communities, state agencies and federal agencies with tens of thousands of work hours through several different projects. In addition to project and conservation work, the incarcerated fire crews provide support with firefighting and flood work.

Alder Conservation Camp inmates also assist the American Cancer Society by setting up and taking down the local annual Relay for Life fundraising event. Throughout the year, inmates also make toys for the Toys for Tots program under the guidance and supervision of CAL FIRE. The toys are distributed through local government agencies for local under privileged children, whom receive the toys during the Christmas season.

Camp History

Alder Conservation Camp was opened in April 1961. The Camp is jointly operated by CDCR and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). The camp’s primary mission is to provide incarcerated 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. Alder also contains a CAL FIRE Saw Mill and Wood Shop, which produces lumber and wood products for tax supported governmental agencies.

CDCR is responsible for the selection, supervision, care and discipline of the inmates. CAL FIRE maintains the camp, supervises the work of incarcerated fire crews and is responsible for their custody while on daily CAL FIRE project activities. CDCR staff may accompany the incarcerated fire crews when they respond out of the local area to provide inmate security, care and custody while out on fires and other 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