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The White House, Washington.On October 10, 2014, President Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to establish 346,177 acres of national forest land in the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California as a national monument, permanently protecting the popular outdoor recreation destination to increase access and outdoor opportunities for the area's residents. Learn more ...

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The Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests are revising their land and resource management plans (forest plans). Scoping documents are available at:

What makes the San Gabriel Mountains, Angeles National Forest and San Bernardino National Forest so special?

USDA Plans Regional "Climate Hubs"

Video: Forests help people and the economy

Regionwide listing of Ecological Restoration projects

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.


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.

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.


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 

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit working out its mussels

A measuring caliper being used to see the length of a dark brown mussel

The LTBMU has embarked on a project to save its native pearlshell mussel population.

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