Mountain Home Conservation Camp #10

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Camp Details

Contact Info

  • P. O. Box 647 Springville, CA 93265
  • Phone: (559) 539-2334
  • Fax: (559) 539-2091

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lt. Parker, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. A. Derichsweiler, Assistant Camp Commander

2021 Camp Statistics

  • CDCR Staff: 9
  • Total number of inmates: 60
  • Total inmate capacity: 100

Camp Products

Mountain Home in-camp projects include a Sign Shop that provides signs and plaques made from redwood to various state agencies. Mountain Home builds custom wood furnishings such as office cabinets, work stations, picnic tables, arbors, and lawn furniture. The camp also runs a full-time lumber mill that produces lumber material for various wood projects.

Community Service Projects

Mountain Home Conservation Camp provides extensive work for the Mountain Home State Forest, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (at Lake’s Kaweah and Success), the Tulare County Road Department, the Tulare County Office of Education, and School of Science and Conservation (SCICON). Much of this work could not be done without the dedication of the incarcerated fire crews and the commitment of the CDCR/CAL FIRE camp staff.

The camp is currently participating in the Tree Mortality Task Force (TMTF) to combat the estimated 66 million dead trees throughout the state.

Camp History

Mountain Home Conservation Camp was first opened on the Mountain Home State Forest in 1947 under the direction of CAL FIRE and the California Youth Authority. This was a 20-man summer spike camp located at the current Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest summer warehouse and approximately 6,500 feet above sea level. In the winter, the camp would return to Coarsegold in Madera County. In 1955, CDCR and CAL FIRE opened a 30-man spike camp at the same location and wintered at Coalinga to help on the construction of the Muirrietta Conservation Camp.

In 1959, under the direction of Governor Edmund G. Brown, the Director of Department of Natural Resources DeWitt Nelson and CDCR Director Richard McGee announced and began construction of the current Mountain Home Conservation Camp. In 1960, Mountain Home became the first mobile conservation camp. 13 semi-trailer rigs housed the mobile camp of inmates and staff members. The mobile and summer camps were used in the construction of the current Mountain Home Conservation Camp.

Mountain Home Conservation Camp #10 is under the administrative supervision of the Sierra Conservation Center and is jointly operated by CDCR and CAL FIRE. The camp’s primary mission is to provide incarcerated fire crews for fire suppression activities in the Tulare, and Kern County areas, although the fire crews may be dispatched in various locations throughout the state. In addition to fire suppression, incarcerated fire crews provide a work force for conservation and community service projects in the local area.

CDCR is responsible for the selection, supervision, care, and discipline of camp inmates. CAL FIRE maintains the camp and supervises the work of the incarcerated fire crews. They are responsible for custody of the inmates while on their daily work projects and when they are on actual assignments during emergencies. CDCR staff may accompany the crews while on emergency assignments. CDCR has the primary responsibility to ensure that camp inmates receive direct supervision while in camp and on emergency assignments.