Welcome to the Southwestern Region


In Remembrance of those who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice during the Wildfires of 2015.

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


Six short videos on restoration concepts for Southwestern frequent-fire forests

Gila Wilderness - Surface Fire

New videos bring the GTR-310 to life

Six short videos focused on restoration concepts for Southwestern frequent-fire forests were released by the Forest Service’s Southwestern Region, Rocky Mountain Research Station, and Northern Arizona University.

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.

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New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse

NM Meadow Jumping Mouse

Information on the recent listing of the mouse.  Summary and background information, links to projects and reference material.

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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