We are excited to share information about our ongoing efforts to develop a conservation strategy for the California spotted owl. To learn more about the Conservation Strategy, please visit our website.
President Obama Designates Sand to Snow National Monument
On Friday, February 12, 2016, President Obama announced the designation of the new Sand to Snow National Monument in Southern California. The 154,000-acre national monument is composed of 71,000 acres on the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) and 83,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. This is the fifth national monument in the Pacific Southwest Region, and the fourth national monument to be co-managed by the Forest Service and BLM.
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.
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.