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U.S. Forest Service launches new tool for fire preparedness

RIVERSIDE, September 17, 2014 — The USDA Forest Service, in collaboration with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and UCLA, today unveiled a new web-based tool to classify the fire threat potential of a weather phenomenon unique to Southern California — the powerful, hot, dry Santa Ana winds that can turn a spark into an inferno. Learn more ...

Ecological Restoration Projects

* Coca-Cola and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation award $400,000 to accomplish meadow restoration in Indian Valley, a 500-acre meadow located on the Eldorado NF.

In partnership with the Tuolumne River Trust the Twomile Meadow Restoration project would improve meadow function on the Stanislaus National Forest.

The Trail of 100 Giants project on the Sequoia National Forest lies along one of the most popular interpretive trails in a sequoia grove. The trail will be designed to meet accessibility requirements.

For 18 years the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards program has partnered with Six Rivers National Forest to assist in watershed and salmonid restoration.

All three Ranger Districts on the Plumas NF have implemented projects to restore aspen and the valuable habitat it provides for wildlife.

The Dinkey Landscape Restoration Project is a science-based, ecological restoration initiative covering 154,000 acres in the southern Sierra Nevada Range.

Within the Firescape Monterey project, two critical watersheds have been identified as Ecological Restoration priorities—the Big Sur and Danish Creek/Carmel River.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is working with numerous other partners to restore the Sierra Nevada yellow–legged frog to lakes in the Desolation Wilderness.

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.


Connecting for Success—Become a Partner

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.


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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.


Sierra National Forest Landscape Architect’s dedication is unmatched

Regional Forester Randy Moore handing an award to Landscape Architect Cesar Sanchez

Cesar Sanchez strives for maximum accessibility at all recreation sites, wins 2014 National Accessibility Accomplishment Award 

Inyo National Forest crew attains Hotshot status

Group photo of Inyo Hotshots in front of crew buggies and rolling mountains in back

The Inyo National Forest proudly announced the certification of the Inyo Interagency Hotshot Crew, adding another asset to national firefighting efforts.


Veterans “Walk Off The War” along the Pacific Crest Trail

Three men stand around a wooden sign that reads Beckwourth Ranger District Plumas National Forest

Veterans Shawn White, Tom Bielecki, and Kevin Black recently passed through Plumas NFduring their 2,650-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail as part of the Warrior Hike program.

Lee Roeser - The mule packer

Male USFS employee sits on a mule on a hill of rocks

The Forest Service has a tradition of using pack stock to bring supplies to remote locations of the forests and wilderness. Lee Roeser embodies the most important elements of a pack stocker.

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