Spotlights

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.  

Shasta-Trinity receives $300,000 for Off Highway Vehicle improvements

The California Off Highway Vehicle Commission has awarded more than $300,000 for OHV improvements to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

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.

Forest Service employees, volunteers lay wreaths in remembrance

Inspired by the Wreaths Across America program for Arlington National Cemetery, two Forest Service employees set out to localize the gesture of respect for fallen veterans in their area.

Operation Holiday Cheer Creates Children’s Smiles

Spearheaded by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Operation Holiday Cheer provided meals, gifts, and Santa to children from Northern California youth and family programs, Dec. 7. 

Shasta-Trinity NF, public discuss tree mortality treatment on Black Fox

Concerned members of the public visited the Black Fox tree plantation on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Nov. 4, to learn about proposed treatments.   

Caught ‘napping’: First direct evidence of migratory hoary bats hibernating

Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station documented the first recorded evidence of hoary bats going into a state of torpor, or hibernation. 

Forest Service firefighters light, fight blazes at Camp Pendleton Fire School

Firefighters from three national forests have joined county and municipal fire departments and units from the Marine Corps base to participate in the 2016 Fire School, June 13-24.

Aerial Survey Program critical to battling tree mortality

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.

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.

Learning the woody biomass industry on National BioEnergy Day

The State & Private Forestry program partnered with the Watershed Research & Training Center to provide tours of woody biomass industry for National Bioenergy Day, Oct. 19.

Angeles NF, partners try shuttle program

The Angeles National Forest hosted a pilot shuttle program starting Sept. 24, transporting the public from a Metro train station to a local trail head in the forest. 

Forest Service, other foresters help connect youth with nature

Foresters, natural resource specialists and volunteers came together at the Sequoia Lake YMCA Camp to conduct Forest Conservation Days for inner city youth, Sept. 26-30.

Forest Service, students improve recreation areas on National Public Lands Day

Youthful energy met public need recently as dozens of college and high school students converged on the Mendocino National Forest to complete maintenance projects to popular recreation areas.

Forest Service ceremony celebrates future talent, diversity

The Region 5 Outreach, Recruitment & Workforce Diversity (OR&WD) Program held its 20th Annual Intern Awards Ceremony August 4, 2016, at the Center for Advance Research and Technology.

Forest Service helps Vallejo, American Canyon get ‘Wild in the City’

Nature, culture and community coalesced for the 3rd annual Visions of the Wild Festival, held in the cities of Vallejo and American Canyon, Sept. 15 – 18.

Forest Service educates students at world’s largest conservation event

Approximately 1,000 middle and high school students joined Smokey Bear and conservation-focused professionals for Student Day, Sept. 6, at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center.

Visitors preview new Gateway Center during El Pueblo celebration in LA

Hundreds gathered in late August at the El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument to celebrate the 235th anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles. 

Engineer helps Shasta-Trinity National Forest, taxpayers save millions

Shasta-Trinity National Forest Engineer Virginia Jones is a problem solver.  Who saved a proposed $2.5 million by asking: “why?”   

Forest Service, partners eradicate illegal marijuana on public lands

A combined force of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies has set upon national forests in California to combat a dire threat to the environment and nearby communities.

Eldorado NF, CAL FIRE - First to use Good Neighbor Authority in California

The Eldorado National Forest and CAL FIRE Amador-Eldorado Unit have signed an agreement for hazardous fuels reduction on the forest and surrounding lands. 

Forest staff, furry friends visit Dixon for Grillin’ and Chillin’

Live music, fresh barbecue and a few furry friends from the forest were some of the biggest attractions at the Grillin’ and Chillin’ festival in Downtown Dixon, July 16.

Passport in Time volunteers help survey near the Devil’s Punchbowl

Nearly a dozen PIT volunteers joined two Forest Service archeologists for a week-long survey of a section of the San Gabriel Mountains from June 6 – 10.

Mountain yellow-legged frog making comeback from near extinction

The mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana mucosa) has had a long road from being declared nearly extinct to producing more than two thousand tadpoles in 2015. 

22nd Year of Kids in the Woods at the Modoc National Forest

Fire personnel from the U.S. Forest Service brought Big Valley school children to Ash Creek Campground for a day of fire prevention and conservation education activities.

Monuments conserve open space to protect wildlife, preserve our way of life

Our national monuments stand watch over endangered species, protect vital resources like drinking water, afford large tracts of land for recreation and preserve our natural wonders.

Wildlife underpass to benefit animals, drivers

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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. 

Bringing the forest to 3rd graders for Youth Ag Day

The U.S. Forest Service operated two informational tents at the 14th Annual Youth Ag Day, March 15, at the Solano County Fairgrounds.

Angeles NF supports the Urban Kids Fishing Derby

Smokey Bear and friends from the Angeles National Forest took part in the inaugural Urban Kids Fishing Derby at Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Park, Nov. 12.

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.

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. 

The excitement of being a climbing ranger

Mt. Shasta Lead Climbing Ranger Nick Meyers relishes working with people and the dynamic nature of the job.

Using technology to prevent catastrophic wildfires

Imagine if one could prevent the next Rim Fire. The Remote Sensing Lab in Sacramento is in the midst of research that might just do exactly that.

Eldorado NF completes aerial mulching on King Fire

The Eldorado NF recently completed an aerial mulching project on portions of the 2014 King Fire. The goal of these projects is soil stabilization.

Forest Legacy Program nearing 50,000 acres of protected land in Hawaii

A recent closing in the Forest Legacy Program brings protected acreage on the island of Hawaii to nearly…

Tahoe NF Employee Celebrates 50 Years with the U.S. Forest Service

Patti Mahaffey celebrated her 50th anniversary with the Tahoe National Forest on March 4th. Over 50 current and retired Tahoe employees gathered to celebrate her impressive career.

Artist In Residence Program

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

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

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