Mount Bullion Conservation Camp #39
5730 Mount Bullion Access Road, Mariposa, CA 95338
Camp Staff (CDCR)
- Lieutenant C. Dean, Camp Commander
- Sergeant K. Silva, Assistant Camp Commander
- T. Barrett, Correctional Officer
- R. Swass, Correctional Officer
- A. Tamez, Correctional Officer
- T. Gorham, Correctional Officer
- W. Wells, Correctional Officer
- S. Brantley, Correctional Officer
- R. Sutton, Correctional Officer
Facts and figures
Total Staff (CDCR) 2020: 9
Total Staffing (CAL-FIRE/LAC) 2020: 16
Total # Inmates (as of 01/02/2020): 81
- Federal Forest Projects; Forest Restoration, Fire Breaks, Weed Abatement
- County Projects; Fire Breaks, Water Shed Management, Utility District Brush Clearing, Weed Abatement, Parks and Recreation restoration, School Clean Up, Roadside Clearing, Tree Clearing and Trimming.
- City Projects; Fire Breaks, Water Shed Management, Utility District Brush Clearing, Weed Abatement, Parks and Recreation restoration, School Clean Up
- National Park Projects; Forest Restoration, Fire Breaks, Weed Abatement.
- State; Fire Breaks, Water Shed Management, Utility District Brush Clearing, Weed Abatement, Parks and Recreation restoration, School Clean Up, Roadside Clearing, Tree Clearing.
Inmates volunteer their time, hobby projects such as wood projects, jewelry, drawings and money in support of various holiday community improvement projects and fund raisers for the Mariposa Safe Families. Religious Services are attended with low to moderate attendance. Attendance for our annual inmates sponsored Christmas Program is at 45% of the inmate population. Mt. Bullion has a weekly AA/NA meeting with an average attendance of ten inmates. Inmates who attend twelve straight meetings receive a certificate of participation.
Prior to October 2004 Mt. Bullion Camp was a Youth Camp. In October of 2004 Mount Bullion was converted to an Adult Conservation Camp. Many modifications were made to existing structures to accommodate the one hundred and ten (110) inmate capacity population. Mt. Bullion’s fire protection responsibilities falls within the Cal Fire MMU Ranger district, this includes Mariposa, Merced and Madera Counties. Mt. Bullion is the only camp in the MMU Ranger District. In 2017 there were several major fires in the unit including the Detwiler Fire which consumed more than 81 acres. Mt. Bullion was utilized as a staging area during these incidents, meeting the needs of up to eighteen hand crew strike teams. The Cal Fire 69 Hour Fire Fighting Training is conducted at Mt. Bullion for the new seasonal Cal Fire, Fire Fighters. Cal Fire and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation have an excellent working relationship and have a lot of pride in the camp. Cal Fire and CDCR meet twice a week for an open discussion on safety and other issues concerning the smooth operation of the camp.
The Hobby Program runs at capacity with eighteen inmates involved. Our educational programs consist of the GED Program which meets three times a week. We have Coast line Community College courses with a variety of classes offered. College classes are usually offered in the fall and spring semesters. Columbia College conducted a small engine repair class on grounds with 14 inmates completing the course. Mt. Bullion camp also has a plaque program that is facilitated by the inmates under the supervision of the Correctional Staff.