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CAL FIRE has suspended all burn permits for outdoor residential burning of dead vegetation like branches and leaves within the State Responsibility Area.

Current fire restrictions and use guidelines for the National Forests in CA

Please join Stanislaus Reforestation Workshop on July 8 from 9-3 at 19777 Greenley Road in Sonora. We value your input!

Forest Service seeks public comment on a proposed policy for training and certification of use of saws by Forest Service employees, volunteers

The Stanislaus National Forest is requesting public comment on the Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) proposed action beginning June 26.

The Modoc National Forest proposes to stabilize an abutment of Johnson Creek Bridge and restore the stream at the site. The bridge is located west of the Lower Rush Creek Campground on Forest Road 41N11. The Big Valley Ranger District would like public comments by July 20, 2015.

Learn about fire prevention and safety at Camp Smokey, during the California State Fair, July 10 – 26, 2015!

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

Monterey Ranger District's Kirk Creek on the Los Padres NF has been nominated as a contender for Best Scenic Campground in the 10Best USAToday Readers Choice Travel Award.

Do you enjoy the Sierra National Forest? Submit your best digital images for posting on the Sierra National Forest website, twitter or Flickr site.

Safety tips for visitors to Lake Tahoe

Keep Me Wild: wild animals don't need your handouts, they need your respect.

Please remember, rattlesnakes want less to do with you than you want to do with them. Leave them alone. If you keep your distance, seeing a rattlesnake is a very cool sighting on the forest.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department and Cleveland NF would again like to remind the public to take safety precautions when hiking at Cedar Creek Falls.

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.

Animated American flag. Most Forest Service offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015, in celebration of the 4th of July holiday. If planning to recreate on a National Forest this weekend, contact the local Forest Service office first for alerts, notices, and closures.

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.


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 hosts Youth Fishing Derby

A small boy sits in a blue, lawn chair holding a fishing pole in front of a lake shore.

Shaver Lake was a busy place June 13, as 82 children gathered to cast a line during the Youth Fishing Derby, hosted by the Sierra National Forest.  

Off Shore Repeater Installed to Enhance Radio Communications

A shipping container with solar panels and an antennae sits in the grass on an island.

Following several years of discussion and planning, a new offshore repeater was installed on Santa Cruz Island, June 2, 2015, 28 miles off the Santa Barbara coast. 


Tahoe NF Leads Nature Hike for Disabled Students

A disabled child looks up to and shakes hands with Smokey Bear inside the Tahoe National Forest.

On May 28, 2015, Twenty eight disabled students from three classes at 7 Hills and Union Hill schools joined 28 students from the 7 Hills Leadership class, to visit Tahoe NF.

Tadpoles of endangered frog species released on San Jacinto Ranger District

Tadpoles swim inside a white bucket full of water.

On May 22, approximately 711 mountain, yellow-legged frog tadpoles were released into a creek on the San Jacinto Ranger District by the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the San Diego Zoo.

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