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Forest Service report highlights restoration progress made despite growing challenges

Christmas tree permits will go on sale at Modoc National Forest offices and various local businesses starting Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Permits for Christmas tree cutting on the Klamath National Forest are now available

Christmas tree permits are available for purchase on the Six Rivers National Forest starting on Monday, November 2, and continue through Wednesday, December 23.

Christmas Tree Permit Sales began November 2 on Lassen National Forest

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest began selling Christmas tree permits November 1

Plumas National Forest Christmas tree permits available

Christmas Tree Permits for the Sierraville Ranger District on sale November 18

The U.S. Forest Service Indian Lands Map is designed to show Indian Lands in relation to National Forest System boundaries for general comparison purposes only.

The Los Padres NF is seeking highly motivated females to attend an introductory fire training camp designed to train entry level firefighters. The Women in Wildfire Basic Training Camp will begin Monday, November 30, 2015, and conclude Friday, December 4, 2015.

Gain training and experience while helping Smokey and the San Bernardino National Forest put out wildfires. This training requires no previous experience in fire operations; we encourage all interested applicants to apply.

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

Share the Experience: official federal recreation lands photo contest

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.

Tread Lightly—Know How To Read A Map, And You May Stay Alive

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.

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

Fog circling the rolling foothills and chaparral in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.

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.

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:

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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.


R5 Growth Respect and Opportunity Workshop

A seated crowd in a conference hall listens to a woman behind a podium speak.

Appx. 300 employees from throughout the region attended the Region 5 Growth, Respect and Opportunity Workshop (G.R.O.W.), October 27-29. 

Forest Service, Pit River Tribe celebrate historic agreement

A group photo featuring Native Americans and Forest Service employees.

The Pit River Tribe, U.S. Forest Service and Lomakatsi Restoration Project celebrated a historic stewardship agreement with a ceremony at the National Wildland Fire Training Center, Nov. 13.


Hotshots prepare areas for prescribed burns on San Bernardino NF

A firefighter wields a chainsaw to thin growth in the forest.

Mill Creek hotshots prepared an area on the San Bernardino National Forest, Nov. 2, to start the winter’s prescribed burn projects and promote a healthier forest.

Lassen fuelwood helps keep local communities warmer, wildfires smaller

A man stands in front of an open shed full of piled fuel wood.

Cutting fuelwood is part of the local culture for communities around the Lassen National Forest, as many of the homes in the area rely on the forest to heat their homes in the winter.

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