Angeles National Forest - Caring for the Land & Serving People
LA's Backyard Playground
From the high desert to mountains, the forest is the backyard playground to over 20 million people in the Los Angeles area. Explore and help protect this 700,000-acre wonderland!
The Angeles National Forest has been around for more than a century, changing and developing along with the Southern California culture. The Angeles National Forest is an urban national forest in the center of an ever-changing population and provides a wide range of recreational opportunities to visitors from around the world.
The Angeles National Forest was established by Executive Order in December 1892. The Angeles manages the watersheds within its boundaries to provide valuable water to southern California and to protect surrounding communities from catastrophic floods.
Your national forests hold the evidence of more than 10,000 years of human history. Most people don’t realize that the history of 99% of human life in southern California was made during a time when there were no written records.
The Angeles National Forest is home to rich biodiversity. Your forest has a unique Mediterranean ecosystem full of wildlife, flora, and much more!
The Angeles National Forest is an urban national forest in the center of an ever-changing population and provides a place for surrounding communities to experience solitude, quiet, and enjoy unique recreation opportunities.
Our mission is to provide safe, efficient and economical fire management while sustaining, protecting and restoring ecosystems.
The Angeles National Forest Fuels Program mission is to manage fuels at the landscape scale to restore and maintain fire-resilient landscapes that are compatible with their historical fire return interval, a core goal of the Cohesive Strategy.
Not all areas and resources impacted by wildfires will recover naturally, so forest managers and partners have launched a number of restoration efforts intended to produce ecosystems that are able to adapt and thrive over time.