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Plans to visit the Forest this weekend? Call ahead or check the website to make sure roads or sites are open.

Campfire Permits are required for open fires on federally controlled lands and private lands that are the property of another person. Get your California Campfire Permit quickly and easily online!

Six Rivers' campgrounds ready to open for holiday weekend

Lassen news: Eagle Lake Ranger District Recreation Facilities to Open for Memorial Day Weekend.

Angeles National Forest Chilao Visitor Center "Summer Kickoff" will be held on Saturday, May 23, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Note: most Forest Service offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015, in observance of Memorial Day.

The sixth annual Native Species Festival will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, located north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding hunters that the deadline to apply for the 2015 Big Game Drawing is June 2, 2015.

Inyo National Forest Hosts Pack Stock Center of Excellence

If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency depends largely on emergency planning done today.

Disaster Preparedness Tips for pet owners

2015 is the International Year of Soils! Soils store and filter water, improving our resilience to floods and droughts.

Watershed and Fisheries Ecological Restoration on the Six Rivers National Forest: Restoring healthy and resilient watersheds and fisheries habitat

The Angeles National Forest is hosting the 2nd Annual Chaparral Workshop at the Training Center at the Supervisor's Office in Arcadia, CA from June 8th-10, 2015.

The San Bernardino National Forest is offering the Eighth Applied Archaeology Field School from July 20-August 21, 2015.

King Fire Restoration News: Eldorado National Forest moves forward with two projects under Categorical Exclusion (CE).

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

1953 San Bernardino National Forest sign on Hwy 18

The One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire campaign is designed to provide constant reminders during fire season to reduce the incidence of human-caused vehicle and equipment wildfires throughout the state.

Make A Plan, Assemble a Kit, Stay Informed!

Here are some tips to keep you safe in the woods.

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:


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.

Recent News


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.


San Dimas Technology and Development Center Receives Green California Award

Image of Green Leadership Award winners outside with Smokey and Presenters, San Dimas Tech Equipment

The San Dimas Technology and Development Center (SDTDC) received the Energy Efficiency Leadership Award at the Green California Summit on April 7, 2015.

Modoc National Forest Memorial Run Honor Fallen Firefighters

Image of participants ready for memorial run

The Fifth Annual Shawn and Tom Firefighter Memorial Run  held April 25, at the Lava Beds National Monument in Tulelake, CA.  honors fallen firefighters.


The excitement of being a climbing ranger

Image of Nick Meyers

Mt. Shasta Lead Climbing Ranger Nick Meyers relishes working with people and the dynamic nature of the job.

Using technology to prevent catastrophic wildfires

Scientists looking at instruments under plane.

Imagine if one could prevent the next Rim Fire. The Remote Sensing Lab in Sacramento is in the midst of research that might just do exactly that.

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