Welcome to the Southwestern Region

As we celebrate public servants throughout the government,

we salute the Forest Service employees in this region.Logo: Public Service Recognition Week 2015

The creativity, dedication, and passion of our Forest Service employees are keys to our being able to take care of our forests and rangelands.  Despite the complexity of our work in this region, they continue to innovate, find new partnerships, and create new solutions.  From the bottom to the top, our employees exemplify the best of what it means to be a public servant.  They are each doing their part to help improve our forests – and all that means for our climate, environment, enjoyment, and economy.  They put their talents to work on behalf of our country – and in the truest sense are public servants.  


Bear Safety: Click on the photo all the information Syphon Draw in the Superstition Wilderness - Tonto National Forest White Mountain Wilderness - Lincoln National Forest Truchas Peak in the Pecos Wilderness - Santa Fe National Forest Kanab Creek Wilderness - Kaibab National Forest Aspen tree, Carson National Forest A Rosy Fitch sitting on a tree branch, Sandia Crest, Cibola National Forest Tusayan Elk, Kaibab National Forest Early morning mist rising off of Quemado Lake

The Southwestern Region is 20.6 million acres. There are six national forests in Arizona, five national forests and a national grassland in New Mexico, and one national grassland each in Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle.The region ranges in elevation from 1,600 feet above sea level and an annual rain fall of 8 inches in Arizona's lower Sonoran Desert to 13,171-foot high Wheeler Peak and over 35 inches of precipitation a year in northern New Mexico.  map of forest locations »

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Recent News


Celebrating 50 years of American Wilderness

Logo: 50 Years of Wilderness

In 2014, our nation will celebrate "50 Years of Wilderness." On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. The act defines "Wilderness" as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain. A national website has been dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act signing, www.wilderness50th.org.

Four Forest Restoration Initiative

Landscape, Kaibab National Forest

The Forest Service has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) that analyzes almost a million acres on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests and proposes forest restoration treatments over a 10-year period.  The DEIS and associated documents are available on the 4FRI website.  For additional information, please send your request to 4fri_comments@fs.fed.us or call the 4FRI Team at 928-226-4684.


New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse

NM Meadow Jumping Mouse

Click here for information on the recent listing of the mouse.  Summary and background information, links to projects and reference material and more.

Travel Management

[Photo] Rider on an ATV riding down a sand dune.

Information about off-highway vehicle use on national forests and grasslands.


Bark Beetle Outbreak

Information on bark beetle effects.

Discover the Forest

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Click here to access the "Discover the Forest" twitter page where you'll find suggestions, tips, camping recipes and much more....


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