Pacific Southwest Region Pack Stock Center of ExcellenceThe Pacific Southwest Region Pack Stock Center of Excellence provides regional coordination for the efficient utilization of pack stock program resources to support the efforts of wilderness managers in preserving wilderness character, and to ensure ongoing capability for use of primitive skills and tools, by offering high quality, hands-on pack stock and primitive skills education, practical experience, youth engagement, community outreach, and field-going services in support of fire, ecosystem, and wilderness management.

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Pack animals loaded down with timber on their backs standing in the forest

Improved Coordination

Initial point of contact for requesting pack stock support throughout the Region...

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Pack string with lead rider on a rocky side hill trail overlooking forest


Technical guidance and expertise related to pack stock safety...

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Fire crew surrounding an instructor and an instructor on a mule with other mules next to it

Education and Training

Training in the use of pack stock and other traditional tools...

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Pack string riding toward the camera, in a valley below a forested mountain

Ecosystem Restoration

Provide training and support in wilderness ecosystem management...

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Children petting a mule during a parade on a town main street with crowd in the background

Community Outreach

Maintain connections with the public by participating in parades and community events and communicate the agency's unique mission...

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Children petting pack animals behind corral panels

Engaging Youth

Develop the next generation of packers and wilderness professionals and foster a life-long connection to public lands...

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