Sugar Pine Conservation Camp #9


Camp Details

Contact Info

  • PO Box 99, Bella Vista, CA 96008
  • Phone: (530) 472-3027 x3028

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lt. R. Ulatan, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. C. Lopez & Sgt. K Johnson, Assistant Camp Commander

2021 Camp Statistics

  • CDCR Staff: 11
  • Total number of inmates: 41
  • Total inmate capacity: 120

Camp Products

Sugar Pine Camp has a CAL FIRE Engraving Shop staffed with camp inmates. The engraving Shop produces signs, plaques, nameplates for various agencies.

The CAL FIRE Cabinet Shop is also staffed with camp inmates and produces everything from beautiful oak cabinets to one-of-a-kind birdhouses. Some of the projects that are completed by the inmates are donated to charity programs such as Victims of Crime and the Women’s Refuge.

Community Service Projects

During each calendar year, Sugar Pine Conservation Camp, through conservation and work projects, provides the local communities, State Agencies, and Federal Agencies with tens of thousands of work hours. In addition to project and conservation work, incarcerated fire crews provided tens of thousands of hours in firefighting and flood work.

Camp History

Sugar Pine Conservation Camp opened June 24, 1988. CDCR and CAL FIRE jointly operate the camp. The primary mission of Sugar Pine is to provide incarcerated fire crews for fire suppression principally in the Shasta County area and through out the state. In addition to fire suppression, incarcerated hand crews provide a work force for floods, conservation projects, and community service projects.

Inmate Programs

Inmates can participate in hobby crafts programs and other leisure time activities during their off-work hours. Visiting is conducted during weekends, and families can bring a picnic lunch for the visit. There are also spiritual services and recovery programs provided by community volunteers. One of the highlights of the year is the Annual Community Appreciation Car “Show & Shine”, sponsored by the local community. With these benefits, inmates quickly learn that life in a conservation camp is preferable to life behind the walls of a prison and, therefore, conduct themselves accordingly.

Sugar Pine Conservation Camp hosts a variety of programs in conjunction with local volunteers:

  • Alcoholics/Narcotic Anonymous meeting on a weekly basis.
  • Church Services Bi-weekly.
  • Group Bible Study
  • Purpose Driven Life Program
  • Pre-Release Program
  • DMV- California I.D. and Driver’s license program
  • G.E.D. Program
  • College Correspondence Courses
  • Hobby Program / Victims of Crime/Women’s Refuge Donations
  • Music Appreciation Program
  • Annual Community Appreciation Car “Show & Shine”
  • Annual Community Christmas Program