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CAL FIRE has suspended all burn permits for outdoor residential burning of dead vegetation like branches and leaves within the State Responsibility Area.

Learn about fire prevention and safety at Camp Smokey, during the California State Fair, July 10 – 26, 2015!

A campfire is not always necessary or useful when camping in the forest. Before deciding to build a campfire, know the current fire restrictions, predicted weather and how to build a campfire safely.

Current fire restrictions and use guidelines for the National Forests in California

How to track lightning, forest fires; new campfire rules for rest of summer

Forest Service seeks public comment on a proposed policy for training and certification of use of saws by Forest Service employees, volunteers

The Stanislaus National Forest is requesting public comment on the Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) proposed action beginning June 26.

Cleveland National Forest Launches New Interactive Mobile Game for Youth

Mud pies and green spaces—why children do better when they can get outdoors

Monterey Ranger District's Kirk Creek on the Los Padres NF has been nominated as a contender for Best Scenic Campground in the 10Best USAToday Readers Choice Travel Award.

Are you visiting the #StanislausNF this summer? Share your photos with us on Twitter using #StanislausNF

Do you enjoy the Sierra National Forest? Submit your best digital images for posting on the Sierra National Forest website, twitter or Flickr site.

The Yosemite toad is a species unique to the Sierra Nevada and inhabits wet meadows. An employee of the Inyo NF snapped a few photos of the amphibian he'd seen north of Mammoth Lakes.

Please check Incident Information System Web Site (InciWeb) for the most up-to-date information about wildfires burning across the region.

You can read the Incident Management Situation Report for daily updates on large fires throughout the United States.

LTBMU Revised Land Management Plan Available

Smoky Sunset on Lake Tahoe.

The revised Land Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is available and a notice has been published in the Federal Register.

Visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/ForestPlanRevision to read more.

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

Fog circling the rolling foothills and chaparral in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.

On July 10, 2015, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Northern California. Conveniently located just north of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument offers a wealth of natural, historical and cultural resources, as well as exciting recreation opportunities for visitors.

Public involvement will be critical to developing a successful plan for this new Monument. If you would like to be included in the process, please contact the Mendocino National Forest.

Northwest Forest Plan Listening Sessions

We Hear You.

The Pacific Northwest (OR, WA) and Pacific Southwest (CA) Regions of the U.S. Forest Service are beginning a public conversation on the process for revising forest land management plans in the Northwest Forest Plan amendment area.

To gather ideas on the revision process, the Forest Service recently held a series of public listening sessions in Portland, OR, Seattle, WA; and Redding, CA.

Special publications

Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan

Cover image for Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan.

In March 2011 the Pacific Southwest Region of the US Forest Service released a statement of its Leadership Intent for Ecological Restoration, which laid out the Region's guiding vision and goals for its stewardship of wildland and forests for the next 15-20 years. This plan reflects the Regional leadership's current thinking on how the Leadership Intent will be implemented.

Ecological Restoration and Our Partners

Alliances and Partnerships supporting restoration projects will assist us and secure our Forests for future generations. In building California resiliency, we will need to increase the amount of acres restored from 200,000 to about 500,000 a year. With Partner assistance we can truly manage and protect these invaluable Forest resources.

2014 Spotlight Articles

A collection of all articles from last year can be downloaded in these formats for viewing in various devices:

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Climate Change in the Pacific Southwest Region

Climate Change

Responding to the challenges presented by climate change is one of the most urgent tasks facing the Forest Service. "Climate change is the biggest conservation challenge facing the Forest Service in the 21st century and contributing to global efforts that help forests mitigate and adapt to climate change is a priority for the Forest Service in California."


Ecological Restoration: Engaging Partners in an All Lands Approach

Ecological Restoration: Pacific Southwest Region

Our goal is to retain and restore ecological resilience of the National Forest lands to achieve sustainable ecosystems that provide a broad range of services to humans and other organisms. This goal is based on a commitment to land and resource management that is infused by the principles of Ecological Restoration and driven by policies and practices that are dedicated to make land and water ecosystems more sustainable, more resilient, and healthier.

Spotlights

Student Trail Crew assists in Moonlight Fire Restoration

Multiple students in hard hats work together to lift a boulder using sticks in a forest setting.

High above the floor of Indian Valley, in the Plumas National Forest, the rhythmic sound of picks and shovels displacing earth echoes across the slopes of Keddie Ridge. 

Forest Service employs special advisors for fire restoration

Men clad in firefighter attire descend into a burnt forest.

When the Incident Management Team deployed to the recent Lake Fire, it wasn’t just firefighters and aircraft pilots on scene for the 31,359 acre blaze. 

 




Plumas National Forest trains teens to be forest caretakers

A young man wearing a yellow hard hat throws a log inside a forest.

Caring for the more than one million acres of the Plumas National Forest takes an enormous amount of time and energy, which happen to be two things teenagers have in abundance. 

Off Shore Repeater Installed to Enhance Radio Communications

A shipping container with solar panels and an antennae sits in the grass on an island.

Following several years of discussion and planning, a new offshore repeater was installed on Santa Cruz Island, June 2, 2015, 28 miles off the Santa Barbara coast. 



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