Sugar Pine Conservation Camp #9
15905 SUGAR PINE CAMP RD, BELLA VISTA, CA. 96008
PH: (530) 472-3027 x3028
CDCR Camp Staff
- Lt. M. Ahlin
CAL FIRE Staff
- N. Truax, Division Chief
Facts and figures
Total Staff (CDCR): ?
Total Staffing (CAL-FIRE/LAC): 15
Total # Inmates: 110
Sugar Pine Camp has a Cal Fire Engraving Shop staffed with inmate workers. The engraving Shop produces signs, plaques, nameplates for various agencies.
The Cal Fire Cabinet Shop is also staffed with inmate workers 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 the calendar year, Sugar Pine 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 fire fighting and flood work. It is estimated through Sugar Pine’s emergency responses to fires, floods, and project work, the inmates provided a cost avoidance to the taxpayers of California million dollars.
The Camp opened June 24, 1988. The California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) jointly operate the Camp. The primary mission of the camp is to provide inmate fire crews for fire suppression principally in the Shasta County area and through out the state. In addition to fire suppression, inmate hand crews provide a work force for floods, conservation projects, and community services.
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