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President Obama Designates Sand to Snow National Monument

Many mountain-tops framed by trees.

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.

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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.


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.

Aerial Survey Program critical to battling tree mortality

The orange and red of dead trees stand out in a forest of conifers.

With tree mortality rising to an estimated record-high 27.6 million trees in California in 2015, the role of the U.S. Forest Service’s aerial survey team is more critical than ever.


Wildland firefighters roar into Redding to complete pre-season training academy

A green Forest Service fire truck is between two orange markers denoting a starting line.

Firefighters from the Forest Service and Hoopa Fire Department roared into Redding to take part in the culmination exercise of the 40th Annual Region 5 North Zone Engine Academy.

Sierra NF offers seedlings to area residents to help reforestation efforts

A Forest Service employee hands a seedling to a woman in front of an office.

The Bass Lake Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest conducts an annual reforestation program, with this year’s already underway and running through the end of April.

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