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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.

Lee Roeser - The mule packer

Male USFS employee sits on a mule on a hill of rocks

The Forest Service has a tradition of using pack stock to bring supplies to remote locations of the forests and wilderness. Lee Roeser embodies the most important elements of a pack stocker.


USFS Region 5 announces certification of Tallac Hotshots

Group of interagency firefighters pose for a picture together

A group of 20 firefighters from the USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit completed an extensive certification process to become the first Interagency Hotshot Crew from Lake Tahoe. 

Los Padres NF supports interactive children’s exhibit in Santa Barbara

Image of signs from a museum exhibit.

A Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl themed interactive children’s exhibit is being hosted by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History through Sept. 21, 2014.

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