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Forest Service Releases Findings on the Effects of Drought for Forests and Rangelands

A Big-Picture View of the Invasive Plant Problem

Yuba River Ranger District awarded Field Trip Grant—Grant helps bring local students to the Forest

Truckee River Watershed Designated as a New Treasured Landscape

Stanislaus NF enlists help of public, planting 90K trees

Arroyo Toad remains as endangered under Federal Endangered Species Act

Draft EIS for Rim Fire Reforestation available for viewing

Partnerships help accelerate forest restoration, increasing benefits, decreasing threats

US Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council Releases 10-year Action Plan

Forest Service report highlights restoration progress made despite growing challenges

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.

Forest Service Funds Landmark Climate Change Study

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.

You can read the Incident Management Situation Report for daily updates on large fires throughout the United States.

Please check Incident Information System Web Site (InciWeb) for the most up-to-date information about wildfires burning across the region.

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.

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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.


Los Padres National Forest helps teach chainsaws via webcast

A person in an orange helmet cuts through a log with a chainsaw as another watches.

Drawn to the screaming, biting teeth of the chainsaw, people from all over the state recently came together on Mt. Pinos Ranger District for a unique experience.

Forest Service seeks hidden grove as original recovers from fire

A Forest Service employee stands with hands on hips on a forest trail.

The Aspen grove provided millions of visitors with a striking display of fall color. But in 2015’s Lake Fire, San Bernardino’s quaking aspens all burned to the ground.


Forest Service celebrates New Year with Hmong communities

A woman in a brightly colored, native dress speaks to a woman behind a table at an information booth

For the past four years in Northern California and 15 years in Central California, the U.S. Forest Service has joined the Hmong communities during their New Year’s celebrations.

Forest Service helps reveal, repel invaders in Palau

A line of people prepare to walk across a log, using a blue rope for balance, to get over a stream.

Navigating a lush tropical environment, nearly two dozen people searched for signs of invasive species that could threaten the survival of those native to the islands of the Republic of Palau.

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