Resource Management

Caring for the Land

Learn about how the Forest Service is working to manage and maintain the natural beauty of the Southwest.

The Forest Service focuses on a full range of values, from experiencing outdoor wonders to exploring the treasures of our national heritage.  However we use our national forests and grasslands, the key is protecting and restoring the long-term health of the land for future generations. 

  • Forest and Grassland Health

    wildflowers on a slope in the coronado national forest

    The Forest Health staff of the Southwestern Region provides assistance and expertise to Federal, State, and Tribal land managers in Arizona and New Mexico concerning forest health conditions and issues.

  • Endangered Species

    two mexican spotted owls perch in a tree in the lincoln national forest

    The Threatened, Endangered & Sensitive (TES) Species Program is dedicated to conserve and recover plant and animal species that need special management attention and to restore National Forest and Grassland ecosystems and habitats.

  • Invasive Species

    a bullfrog sits in shallow water on the kaibab national forest

    Invasive species threatening Region 3 range from disease pathogens to mammals. The Forest Service has developed a number of documents for invasive species management and pesticide use in the Southwestern Region. 

  • Riparian and Aquatic Ecosystem Strategy

    scene of a still river with fall foliage reflected in the water

    Water is a precious resource in the Southwest. Growing human demand and a changing climate create an urgency to protect these natural resources on the National Forests and Grassland.

  • Restoration

    a ranger inspects a fence on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

    Restoration projects range from large forest vegetation projects like the Southwest Jemez, Four Forest Restoration Initiative, and Zuni Mountain projects to smaller projects targeted to a specific need, such as replacing a culvert in a road to allow small aquatic animals to pass, controlling noxious weeds, and decommissioning roads that are not needed.

  • Grazing Management

    A herd of brown and white cows lounge in the grass on the Kaibab National Forest

    It is the Forest Service's goal to conserve the rich resources of the National Forests and Grasslands while supporting communities greatly dependent upon these very same resources. While grazing is an important use, we will also continue to move forward with improving our management and preventing degradation of soil, water, and vegetation.

  • Geospatial Data Resources

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    Download select Geospatial (GIS) datasets for the Southwestern Region. GIS data is maintained at various levels (Forest, State, Region) depending on the subject and type of data. Explore maps, data and other resources related to Arizona and New Mexico National Forests.