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Top Stories & Forest Activities

Forest Service Vehicle and Equipment Auction Opens Online Monday, July 25, 2016

In this op-ed for the San Diego Union-Tribune, USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack discusses the urgent need to fix the national fire budget.

Forest Service Ready for Western Wildfire Season

Get Involved in Forest Plan Revision

Forest Service makes it easier for visitors to enjoy national forests and grasslands

California 'street tree' benefits valued at $1 billion

The effects of rising temperatures, a brutal drought and bark beetle infestations are causing our trees to die.

The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and draft forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests have been released.

Chief Tidwell shares strategic goals and budget priorities for the Forest Service

Giant Sequoia Trees Face "Drying" Times

A Big-Picture View of the Invasive Plant Problem

Partnerships help accelerate forest restoration, increasing benefits, decreasing threats

US Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council Releases 10-year Action Plan

Forest Service report highlights restoration progress made despite growing challenges

Forest Service Funds Landmark Climate Change Study

Trees provide many benefits like shade, clean air & increased property values. Learn how to care for your trees to keep them alive during the drought.

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

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

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Tree mortality in California

California Tree Mortality.

High numbers of hazard trees in our forests and around communities, campgrounds, along roads, trails and utility corridors pose a significant threat to communities if a wildfire breaks out in the affected areas. Tree mortality in California crosses all land ownerships; government, citizens and private industry are working together to mitigate hazards and create more resilient forests.

More information: http://www.fs.usda.gov/CATreeMortality.

Draft forest plan documents are available

The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and draft forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests have been released. The Notice of Availability for these documents was published May 27, 2016. The notice initiates the 90-day public comment period, which closes August 25, 2016. The most updated information, draft EIS and draft forest plans are available at the Forest Plan Revision project website: http://tinyurl.com/r5earlyadopters.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Planning

Regional Forester Randy Moore signed the final Record of Decision (ROD) for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) revised Land Management Plan (Plan) on June 20, 2016, documenting his decision and rationale for approving the revised Plan. The effective date of the Plan is 30 calendar days after publication of the notice in the Federal Register, which is anticipated to be July 1, 2016. To view the final ROD, revised Plan, FEIS, and other related documents, please visit the LTBMU web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/ForestPlanRevision.

Special publications

Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan and Our Partners

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.

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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

Passport in Time volunteers help survey near the Devil’s Punchbowl

A group of people with small, orange flags coming out of their backpacks stand in a valley.

Nearly a dozen PIT volunteers joined two Forest Service archeologists for a week-long survey of a section of the San Gabriel Mountains from June 6 – 10.

Mountain yellow-legged frog making comeback from near extinction

Blurry plants slightly obscure two frogs in a pond.

The mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana mucosa) has had a long road from being declared nearly extinct to producing more than two thousand tadpoles in 2015. 

 




Forest Service firefighters light, fight blazes at Camp Pendleton Fire School

Firefighters connect a section of hose while standing near a brush fire.

Firefighters from three national forests have joined county and municipal fire departments and units from the Marine Corps base to participate in the 2016 Fire School, June 13-24.

22nd Year of Kids in the Woods at the Modoc National Forest

Two firefighters speak to a group of kids in front of a green fire engine.

Fire personnel from the U.S. Forest Service brought Big Valley school children to Ash Creek Campground for a day of fire prevention and conservation education activities.



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