Forest Service Region Wins Award for Cutting-Edge, Off-Grid Solar Project

A team from the Region received a Federal Energy and Water Management Award, which recognizes projects that cut energy waste and promote energy independence, resilience, and security.

Outreach and Role Models

The USDA Forest Service is promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion programs to be more reflective of our national demographics.

Crews take mule train into Sespe

On April 14, two strings of pack mules of eight animals apiece left a trailhead north of Ojai, carrying tools and supplies for a major trail project in the Sespe Wilderness.

Decorations Needed For the 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

The official 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is being provided by the Six Rivers NF this holiday season, and we're inviting you to participate by submitting decorations.

Inyo National Forest’s Michael Morse Honored as Ranger of the Year

The Inyo National Forest is pleased to share that Michael Morse has been honored as the 2020 Ranger of the Year by the National Forest Recreation Association (NFRA).

Partnerships, Volunteers Help Wetland Restoration

The Inyo National Forest, working with partner agencies and volunteers, has restored water flow to the DeChambeau Ponds, in what is a “win for the Mono Basin.”

Pacific Southwest Region Recognizes Employees Amid Challenging Year

The Regional Forester and Research Station Director 2020 Honor Awards took place virtually to highlight the honoree's tremendous accomplishments during a year of extraordinary challenges.

Forest Service Scientists Highlight Hawaiiʻs Human And Forest Connections

When asked what of value comes from a forest, people say timber. Timber only scratches the surface, saying nothing about the vital connections humans have to forests.

Renewable Energy Project In California Earns Forest Service Wide Recognition

After years of hard work, a team from the PSW Region 5 received a Federal Energy and Water Management Award for its Southern California Energy Savings Performance Contract ENABLE Project.

Region 5 Pilots Contracted Recycling on Delta Fire

Region 5 tried out a recycling service on the Delta Fire and the results will shock you. Well they shouldn't considering the amount of waste produced at a fire incident command post.

California Consortium Youth Shine In Banquet And On The Trail

The USDA Forest Service PSW's Outreach, Recruitment and Workforce Diversity Program has added a few more reasons to feel proud about their California Consortium.

Saipan Crew Travels 8,000 Miles To Work On Northern California Fires

There are 541 wildland hand crews available each year to fight fires across the U.S. One crew traveled 8,000 miles from their home in Saipan to assist on fires in California.

Jackhammers Used To Battle Back Invasive Plants

Pu`u Wa`awa`a State Forest Reserve, about 15 miles northeast of Kailua Kona on Hawaii Island contains some of the best remaining dry and mixed mesic forest left in the Hawaiian Islands.

Collaborative Project Set To Bring "Good Fire" Back To Klamath Mountains

Surrounded by Western Klamath Restoration Partnership, Six Rivers National Forest leadership signed a decision to bring “good fire” back to the Klamath Mountains.

Cartographer Wins Award For Wild And Scenic Map

If you go exploring with Daniel Spring you might never get lost. Spring is a cartographer with 18 years of map making experience at the USDA Forest Service.

Generation Green Helps Teenagers Trade Ice Cream Scoopers For Shovels And Saws

High schoolers spent the summer backpacking through the Eldorado National Forest fixing trails and cutting brush as part of the USDA Forest Service’s Generation Green program.

A Vision for the Future: First Revised Forest Plan Released in California

The first forest plan in the Pacific Southwest Region revised under the 2012 Planning Rule is on-line! The Inyo NF plan will guide the management of the forest’s 2 million acres.

Prescribe Burning On The Green Mountain

Fire managers on the Shasta Lake Ranger District of the Shasta-Trinity NF took advantage of fair weather and continue prescribed burn operations in the Green Mountain area. 

Six Rivers NF Sends Employees To Assist In Hurricane Relief

Two employees from the Six Rivers NF heard the call for help from the USDA Forest Service to assist Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane’s Irma and Maria.

Blue Waters Exchange: Connecting ideas and cultures across the Pacific

How far would you travel to follow your passion? Four students from the Lake Tahoe Basin recently crossed the Pacific Ocean for the U.S. Forest Service’s Blue Waters Exchange.

New Wildland Fire Investigators Complete Training

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire- and fire investigators. The U.S. Forest Service investigates all human-caused wildfires on National Forest System lands. 

Portugal Sends Delegation To PSW To Observe Wildland Fire Management

In April of 2018, officials from Portugal visited the U.S. After a brief stop at the National Interagency Fire Center, the delegates made their way to the Pacific Southwest Region. 

Women in Wildfire Training Camp 2017

The Los Padres National Forest hosted its 4th Annual Women In Wildfire Training Camp, Dec. 10-15, 2017, in the shadow of the Thomas Fire.

Denny and Jim Jam Reclaimed From Illegal Grows

In 2016 and 2017, several large public land trespass marijuana cultivation complexes were discovered on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest managed by the U.S Forest Service. 

Lilac Fire Provides Employee Chance To Help Humans And Horses

When a wildfire starts, a call to action is sounded. Firefighting personnel converge to manage the incident. However, supporting a fire doesn’t always mean working the fire line. 

Mantra Gives Employee Structure For Amazing 38 Year Career

“If you work hard you can become anything you want in the Forest Service. Anything is possible.” Kubota said these words and practiced that mantra during his 38 year career.

Role of Resource Conservation Districts in Promoting Cross-Boundary Restoration

There are 97 districts throughout California that coordinate conservation work in their communities and accomplish thousands of practical, hands-on conservation projects annually. 

GROWorkshop Engages Attendees On Topic Of Unconscious Bias

Thirty years ago the PSW led the nation in addressing gender discrimination with the “women’s conference.” Today it's called the GROWorkshop. 

Lake Tahoe Basin partners with hospital to promote “Nature as Medicine"

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) and their local area health care system, Barton Health, signed a partnership agreement to use the national forest for at-risk populations.

San Bernardino National Forest Celebrates 39 Years of Bald Eagle Program

The Mountaintop Ranger District has long worked to share the thrill of seeing bald eagles with the public while also managing the public lands to protect eagles and their habitat.  

New FireWorks Program for Sierra Nevada: Igniting a Passion for Science

Plumas Unified School District science teachers are using a new fire science curriculum, the Sierra Nevada FireWorks, to ignite students’ passion for science.

Redding Hotshots Gather For 50th Anniversary Reunion

The Redding Hotshots hosted their 50th anniversary reunion Nov. 4-5 in Redding, California, and had more than 125 alumni in attendance.

What is a Fire Incident Buying Team?

When a wildfire gets beyond initial efforts to suppress it, a series of actions begins involving multiple agencies and thousands of federal, state and community employees and volunteers. 

Paiute Cutthroat Trout Return to Silver King Creek for First Time in 71 Years

Fish and Wildlife Service biologists, Forest Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, conducted Paiute cutthroat trout population augmentation in mountain streams. 

National Public Lands Day Celebrated in Northern California

National Public Lands Day, devoted to conservation and improvement of our nation’s public lands, drew nature lovers to the Mendocino National Forest Red Bluff Recreation Campground.

California Conservation Corps Finds New Home on the Cleveland

The California Conservation Corps (CCC) has returned to the Cleveland National Forest as the new occupant of the Los Pinos Conservation Camp on the Trabuco Ranger District. 

Forests Bridge Gap To Reach Wildfire

As a wildfire rages across a forest, fire equipment travels along forest roads until they find a bridge out. This problem faced firefighters on a Modoc National Forest fire. 

Great American Eclipse and Fire Prevention

On Aug. 21, the event known as The Great American Eclipse, traveled along its path of totality through the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

French Fire Commander Visits Region

The USFS entered into a MOU with the French government to conduct Incident Command System training regarding how large fire incidents are managed in the U.S.

Concrete Evidence Cellulose Nanotechnology Works

The process of moving cellulose nanomaterials from a research endeavor to a commercial application took a big step forward in late July 2017. 

Trash Talk: Fire Hoses in Northern California Get a Second Life

On average an estimated 15 tons of waste is generated annually by fire suppression efforts in Northern California. Our fire cache personnel did an audit to find ways to reduce that number.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Project Showcased at Convention

In August, a Hydrologist and a Civil Rights Service Center member represented the Region and Agency in an outreach booth at the Organization for Chinese Americans (OCA) National Convention.

Pacific Island Firefighting Crew Heads Home

A 15-member Saipan crew from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) arrived in California and was assigned to help with the wildfires on the Modoc National Forest. 

Six Rivers National Forest Youth Program Promotes Inclusiveness

The Six Rivers National Forest hosted a Youth Conservation Corps program that is one of two residential projects funded in the region this summer.

Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program On National Forest Changes Lives

The Mount Shasta McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is proudly hosting its 42nd year of the Youth Conservation Corps program for local area youth.

Mendocino NF Intern Receives Forest Service Accessibility Accomplishment Award

The U.S. Forest Service honors an individual who shows commitment and leadership for the advancement and integration of accessibility in Forest Service facilities and programs. And we won!

Circle V Ranch Camp Rescue

The weather forecast for Saturday, July 8, had all the ingredients for a wildland fire start – unseasonably hot temperatures had been building since mid-week.

Lake Tahoe Basin Defender Retires After 38 Years in Forest Service

After 38 years, I can retire knowing I’ve been a part of change and growth in the wildland fire community. 

Wilderness Ranger Academy Prepares New Hires To Survive And Be Successful

MaGuire, a seasoned wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, was prepared to answer any and all questions newly hired employees had at the 2017 Interagency Wilderness Ranger Academy.

Aloha and Kuleana: A Hawaii-Based Global Sustainability Initiative

Imagine the longest trip you’ve taken? How long did it last? How far did you travel? Chances are it was shorter and closer to home than that of the Hōkūleʻa.

2017 Fire Science Class At Frazier Mountain High School Concludes Its 19th Year

The Mt. Pinos Ranger District concluded its annual wildland fire training course, on April 29, for high school upper-class students and local young adults in Frazier Park.

Angeles NF Graduates Eleven Students from Women in Wildland Fire Training Camp

The Angeles National Forest held its inaugural Women in Wildland Fire Training Camp, June 5-9, 2017, at the Angeles Crest Christian Camp. 

Solar Arrays Power Ranger Stations in the Los Padres National Forest

At selected U.S. Forest Service facilities and ranger stations across California, progress in saving tax dollars and energy efficiency is expanding into the 21st century. 

Large Scale Replanting Effort Restores Damaged Forest

The San Bernardino National Forest contracted GE Forestry, a forestry service company out of Medford, Oregon, to assist in a planting project on the Mountaintop Ranger District. 

Mount Shasta Interagency Search and Rescue Helicopter Training

Multiple federal and state agencies gathered at the Weed Airport, in Northern California, May 3, 2017, for the annual Mount Shasta search and rescue helicopter training. 

Pacific Southwest Region Travels The State To Promote Wildfire Awareness Week

For the fourth year in a row, the Pacific Southwest Region, joined Cal Fire and other state and federal partners for a series of fire season preparedness events across the state. 

Pacific Islands Spring Fire Training a Success

The Pacific Southwest Region, through the Cooperative Fire Program, provides technical assistance to enhance firefighting capabilities to our island partners in the Pacific.

California Conservation Corps Helps Forest Clean Up Hazard Trees

A 12-person crew from the California Conservation Corps conducted hazard tree mitigation and fuels reduction work alongside Forest Service crews on Sequoia National Forest.


Shasta-Trinity National Forest Hosts Leadership Days

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest hosted its annual “Leadership Days” meeting for all employees, Feb. 28 to March 1.

PARC Receives USFS-BLM Conservation Leadership Partner Award

On March 8, 2017, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation was selected as the recipient for the Forest Service-Bureau of Land Management Conservation Leadership Partner Award.

4H Volunteers Give Campground an After-Fire Facelift

Volunteers from a 4H organization arrived at the Gray’s Peak Campground like a breath of fresh air swooping over the San Bernardino National Forest, April 8, 2017.

Bear and the Bats: Smokey Bear Gets New Roommates

Smokey Bear shows us he is one of the friendliest, most approachable bears there is by letting some unique forest friends stay in his cabin at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop. 

Trabuco Dam Removal to Begin in Silverado and Holy Jim on the Cleveland NF

The U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Marine Corps will be removing 10 man-made dams from Silverado and Holy Jim Creek in March. 

Stanislaus NF, local high school students share their community spirit

Students from Tioga High School spent four hours at the site of the July 2015 Big Creek fire on Stanislaus National Forest in Groveland, Calif., March 3, 2017, planting trees.

Los Padres NF Wins Award for Women In Wildland Fire Training

In 2014 the Los Padres National Forest received a Washington Office diversity grant to fund a project designed to engage and recruit under-represented groups into the Fire Program.  

Forests Dealing With Visitor Surge and Trash

Piles of trash, overflowing pit toilets, and damage to trails and roads are just a few issues Forest Service staff are addressing on many of the 18 National Forest across California recently.

Region 5 Dam Specialist Wins Technical Engineer of the Year

Stephen Romero, P.E., Regional Geotechnical, Dams, and Dam Safety Engineer for Region 5, has been named the 2016 “Technical Engineer of the Year” for the U.S. Forest Service.

Sierra Nevada Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Strategy

In 2018 we initiated a Recreation and Infrastructure Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategy for the Sierra Nevada.

USFS Patrol Officers and K9 Units Assist in Apprehension of Homicide Suspect

U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers need to be ready at a moment’s notice for any incident. Earlier this month, Region 5 officers answered that call. 

Paul Johnson named Division Chief of the Year

Paul is the first recipient of the award from the Six Rivers National Forest, which is located in northwest California.

Forest Service Team Wins EPA Federal Green Challenge Innovation Award

In June 2020, the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region and the National Greening Fire Team won an Innovation Award from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Interior Secretary, Forest Chief lead ceremony to dedicate Berryessa

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell led a ceremony to dedicate the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, March 19, 2016. 

One Region, One Program of Work. Many Successes.

Region 5 is improving how we manage the public’s national forests by sharing people, skills and resources to meet restoration goals. We call it 1R1POW.

Heroic Forest Service K-9 survives injuries during raid on forest property

Ice, a highly decorated USDA Forest Service law-enforcement K-9, played a lead role during an August 27 marijuana raid in the Klamath National Forest.

California Tree Mortality Numbers Released: 18 Million Trees Died In 2018

The Forest Health Aerial Survey numbers for 2018 were released in February and despite being down from the drought, the numbers remained high relative to background mortality rates.

Biocultural Blitz Inspires Tomorrow’s Stewards Today

More than 200 fourth graders, 100 teachers and 20 biologists came together during the third annual Biocultural Blitz at the Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest on the Big Island.

Connecting On-the-Ground Work, Online

The Stewardship Mapping & Assessment Project helps to understand, highlight, and support community groups that care for special places in Oʻahu, like its eastern and southern watersheds.

Humanitarian Crisis Spurs Forest Service Ecologist to Action in Micronesia

Super Typhoon Maysak pounded Micronesia devastating the food supplies on Chuuk and the outer islands of Yap. Support efforts soon discovered a potential problem with food security. 

Tallac Site Gives Visitors A Stroll Back In Time

Historic area offers a rich experience — and a quiet respite from a busy Tahoe summer.

Interagency Wilderness Interpretation and Education Workshop

Robert Hamm attended his first Interagency Wilderness Interpretation and Education Workshop and learned how to better explain, understand and share what exactly is a wilderness.

USDA Forest Service Responds to Super Typhoon Yutu

On Oct. 25, 2018, Super Typhoon Yutu made landfall on the shores of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI); the most significant storm to impact U.S. soil since 1935. 

Forest Service Hosts A Booth At The Girl Scouts Central Area's Adventure Camp

The USDA Forest Service hosted a booth at the Girl Scouts Central Area's Adventure Campout at Lake Camanche. More than 600 girls, troop leaders and volunteers attended.

Forest employee earns Certification as Silviculturist

In July, Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore had the proud honor of awarding Sequoia National Forest employee, Marianne Emmendorfer, with the title of Certified Silviculturist.

At The Chinese New Year Community Street Fair

For the second year in a row, the USDA Forest Service’s Asian Pacific American Association hosted an outreach booth at this Chinese New Year event and Smokey Bear helped share his story.

Forest Service’s PSW Recognizes Generation Green Interns

In September a Generation Green youth panel, which included nine youth from throughout California and one parent representative, presented to the RLT of the R5 Pacific Southwest.

Forest Service Law Enforcement Use D.A.R.E., Other Strategies To Combat Drugs

Recently the Office of National Drug Control Policy sent guidance to the Department of Agriculture on addressing the President’s strategy on confronting drug control challenges.

Northern California Consortium Host Youth Conservation Corps

The Northern California Consortium hosted two Youth Conservation Corps crews recently where they learned various classroom and outdoor skills, camped, and had a chance to grow as leaders.

Region 5 Program Manager Receives Local Award

On Dec. 11, 2019, James Trevino Oftedal was one of three State Center Community College District (SCCCD) alumni who were honored as a Muro de Honor (Wall of Honor) Honoree. 

Urban Meets Wild Trail

The USDA Forest Service designed the “Urban Meets Wild Trail,” an interactive experience at the America’s Great Outdoors site at the Los Angeles County Fair.

A Lasting Legacy

Tahoe National Forest, the 1882 Foundation, and the US-China Railroad Friendship Association jointly hosted the second Return To Gold Mountain Tour. 

Forest Service Community Forest Program Continues Agroforestry In Hawai’i

The Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Kealakekua is Hawaii’s first “Community Forest!” The beloved garden has been closed to the public since 2016, until now.

Connecting the Sierras to the Hmong Community at Hmong New Year Celebration

The USDA Forest Service hosted an outreach and information booth at the annual Fresno Hmong New Year celebration in Fresno, California, Dec. 26, 2019 to Jan. 1, 2020. 

Bear and the Bats: Smokey Bear Gets New Roommates

Smokey Bear shows us he is one of the friendliest, most approachable bears there is by letting some unique forest friends stay in his cabin at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop.

Honor Guard Takes Care Of Our Own

An important group of Forest Service employees trained in Redding last week. The Forest Service Honor Guard takes its mission of “Taking Care of Our Own,” very seriously.

Student Trail Crew assists in Moonlight Fire Restoration

High above the floor of Indian Valley, in the Plumas National Forest, the rhythmic sound of picks and shovels displacing earth echoes across the slopes of Keddie Ridge. 

Videos Released by California ReLeaf, Save Our Water & U.S. Forest Service

You can watch two “Save Our Water AND Our Trees” videos that show California residents how to best care for their trees during this historic drought.


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