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 »
Special use permit information regarding recreational events held on National Forest System Lands . . . more information »
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the 4FRI Team at 928-226-4684.
Christmas tree permits are now available on some forests. Christmas tree permits are available for personal use. Each household is allowed one tree and it may not exceed 10 feet in height. Cutting areas are generally open from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve.
Plan ahead! There are a limited number of permits and some areas sell fast.