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The US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Regional Office is pleased to announce the opportunity for public review and comment on its preliminary grant application for site stewardship.

Learn more about Sierra Nevada Watersheds

Public comment period starts March 3 on Angeles National Forest request for state funds to help OHV Area.

Shasta-Trinity NF to submit OHV grant proposal

Tahoe NF Announces Proposed Action for Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation

The San Gorgonio Wilderness Association presents The 2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival Friday, February 27, and Saturday, February 28 in Redlands, CA.

Forest Service names Supervisor for Lake Tahoe Basin

Read about the Plumas National Forest longstanding policy of allowing personal and commercial use firewood cutting and gathering from national forest lands.

Special forest products available on Stanislaus National Forest

Inyo National Forest seeking comments on Mammoth Lakes Basin Bike Path Construction Project

On March 8th a new Fire Chief will assume command of the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument's Fire and Aviation program.

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

The U.S. Forest Service is highly interested in new technologies and believes there is potential to use Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to support a host of natural resource management activities.

Forest Service issues final policy for over-snow vehicles on national forests, grasslands.

Forest Service unveils web application identifying at-risk forests.

The Stanislaus National Forest, in partnership with 3 Forests Interpretive Association, announces the opening of the application process for the 2015 Artist in the Woods program from February 1 - April 15.

The Modoc National Forest is pleased to announce a new program called the Veteran Ecological Restoration Team or VERT.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit invites you to "Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort" at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Monday and Friday.

Almanor Ranger District on the Lassen NF offers free snowshoe walks during the month of February.

Enter the lottery to reserve a backpacking trip on the Mt. Whitney Trail, or a day hike in the Mt. Whitney Zone. Applications are accepted from February 1 through March 15.

Every year, aerial surveys are done by the Forest Service to detect and map tree mortality and damage in California.

Video: It takes a certain type of person to fight wildfires. It's not what they look like. Or sound like. It's not their heritage or their culture. It's their heart.

The Number One Rule of Firefighting: "All firefighters go home to their families after their shift."

The Forests to Faucets project uses GIS to model and map the continental United States land areas most important to surface drinking water.

The Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests are revising their land and resource management plans (forest plans). Scoping documents are available at:

It's good to get outdoors: Discover the Forest!

Regionwide listing of Ecological Restoration projects

Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP)

The State of Sierra Nevada's Forests Report raised the alarm about the dire conditions of our forests, and the many repercussions that could result from not taking active steps to restore them to a state of resiliency. And, according to the U.S. Forest Service, "Only an environmental restoration program of unprecedented scale can alter the direction of current trends."

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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.


Symposium on the Cultivation of Marijuana and Its Effects on Natural Resources

R5 LE&I  in symposium on the cultivation of marijuana and effects on natural resouces and wildlife

R5 LE&I participated in a symposium on the cultivation of marijuana and its effects on the natural resources including wildlife.

Artist In Residence Program

Image of Black Mountain Lookout and surrounding landscape.

The Plumas County Arts Commission and the PNF are partnering to capture the beauty and spirit of the PNF landscapes. 


Sierra NF Celebrates Four Years of Restoration Project Collaborative

Image of collaborative partners at work

The Dinkey Collaborative celebrated its four year anniversary on January 15 at Woodward Park Regional Library in Fresno, California  with 42 participants attending.

Tahoe National Forest is Host to California's only Known Wolverine

Image of wolverine in a tree in the  Tahoe NF

On November 3, 2014 a wildlife camera placed by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife on the Tahoe National Forest captured several images of a lone wolverine.

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