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.
The revised Land Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is available and a notice has been published in the Federal Register.
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.
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.
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:
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."
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.