Spotlights

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.  

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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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