Photographs from the National Forests in California
The Pacific Southwest Region Recreation Agenda provides vital leadership for National Forest recreation, wilderness, and heritage resources while implementing actions to address the outdoor recreation needs of California's present and future generations.
The mission of the Pacific Southwest Region Recreation Program is to sustain ecosystems and serve people through innovative recreation leadership and partnerships for facilities, services, and programs.
If awe-inspiring landscapes and intriguing cultural sites are your thing, visit California's 18 National Forests for mystery, beauty and special places. Here, on your National Forests, you can hike, ride horses, camp, picnic, drive for pleasure, use your mountain bike, fish, enjoy interpretive and educational activities and savor water sports.
Forest resources provide ways to develop strong connections to the land and vital values that contribute to healthy lives: clean water, clean air, natural scenic beauty, spiritual renewal, important natural resources, protection of rare species, majestic forests, wilderness, a connection with history and opportunities for unparalleled outdoor adventures.
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.
The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) is a treasured pathway through some of the most outstanding scenic terrain in the United States. Beginning in southern California at the Mexican border, the PCT travels a total distance of 2,650 miles through California, Oregon, and Washington until reaching the Canadian border.