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Plague is rare among humans but is found each year among squirrels, chipmunks, and other rodents in California and the southwestern U.S. People can be infected with plague bacteria but it is treatable with antibiotics. Take steps to avoid exposure to human plague.

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, may not fly in areas of National Forest System lands that have Temporary Flight Restrictions in place, such as wildfires, without prior approval from the U.S. Forest Service. For more information, visit the Know Before You Fly website.

Tips for Responsible Hobby or Recreational Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or "Drones" on National Forest System Lands

How resources respond to emergencies

The Rising Cost of Wildfire Operations: Effects on the Forest Service's Non-Fire Work

Increasingly Severe Disturbances Weaken World's Temperate Forests

The Eldorado National Forest is looking for a committed, hardworking, highly skilled workforce to manage wildfires. Apply by September 11, 2015, to be considered.

It is recommended to limit outdoor time when the air is thick with smoke. Visit AirNow to find out the Air Quality Index in your area.

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.

The Forest Service Strategic Plan 2015-2020 embodies our focus on the future, providing the American people with a vision of our direction for the next 5 years.

The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program of the U.S. Forest Service provides the information needed to assess America's forests, and projects how forests are likely to appear 10 to 50 years from now.

Del Norte Resource Advisory Committee Meeting will be held in Crescent City, California on September 1, 2015, at 6 pm.

Bear facts: learning about bears before you come to the forest can help you avoid a confrontation.

Los Padres National Forest Wins Award at the Ventura County Fair!

Sharing the story of the Penny Pines

The granitic mountains of Desolation Wilderness are part of the massive Sierra batholith, the combined masses of granitic rock that have been uplifted by tectonic action to form the 400 mile long Sierra Nevada range.

With exotic wildflowers, panoramic mountain views, and the blissful tranquility that only Mother Nature can provide, the Big Laguna Trail is a rare find in the greater San Diego area.

An annual 4th Grade Pass is available to U.S. 4th graders who present a valid Every Kid in a Park paper pass. That pass gives them free access to all national parks, lands, and waters through August 31, 2016. Learn more at the Every Kid in a Park website.

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.

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.

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.


Restoring burned California lands with climate adapted trees

Bearded man in a white hardhat reaches to clip two sugar pines cone from a limb.

In California, replanting with sugar pine as a component of the species mix will replenish trees that were abundant and much valued by the early settlers to the region.

Summer interns choose Plumas National Forest for life-changing experience

Two men in hip waders use a long pole to drop a sensor into a pond.

Interns from Feather River College worked on the Plumas National Forest from June through August in a variety of occupational fields.


San Bernadino National Forest begins xeriscape project to conserve water

A winding sidewalk intersects a rock covered lawn with trees planted sporadically throughout.

The California drought has Forest Service employees searching for new ways to conserve water, and the San Bernardino National Forest has found success through a form of landscaping.

Wildfire smoke monitors working to reduce health and safety impacts

Wildfire smoke is in the background as an electronic monitor on legs stands between trunks of trees

Smoke from wildfires can have an enormous impact on the public and on fire personnel, affecting health, interfering with transportation safety and upsetting tourism and local economies. 

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