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Tree mortality in California

California Tree Mortality.

High numbers of hazard trees in our forests and around communities, campgrounds, along roads, trails and utility corridors pose a significant threat to communities if a wildfire breaks out in the affected areas. Tree mortality in California crosses all land ownerships; government, citizens and private industry are working together to mitigate hazards and create more resilient forests.

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Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan and Our Partners

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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.

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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.


Wildlife underpass to benefit animals, drivers

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Every year, roughly 200 people are killed in as many as 2 million wildlife-vehicle collisions costing more than $8 billion, according to the Western Transportation Institute.

USFS nursery, partners help landowners replant after wildfires

Seedlings sit inside plastic sleeves waiting to be packaged.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Placerville Nursery teamed with CALFIRE and local Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) to sow more than 650,000 seedlings in March of 2016.


How the Forest Legacy Program can help families in California keep their land

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Through a conservation easement with the Forest Legacy Program, implemented in partnership with CALFIRE and completed Oct. 7, 2011, a family was able to keep all 2,500 acres of their land.

USDA Secretary recognizes Northern California Fire Cache as Unsung Heroes

Five people pose together for a photo in a warehouse, with one holding a certificate.

Mark Garland and members of the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern California Fire Cache were presented with an Unsung Heroes award by Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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