Resource Management

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 Health Initiative

Forest Health Initiative

The Healthy Forests Initiative for Wildfire Prevention and Stronger Communities

This initiative calls for administrative improvements that ensure more timely decisions, greater efficiency, and better results in projects that reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and restore forest and rangeland health.

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City of Tombstone Special Use Permit, Coronado National Forest

Equipment at use in Miller Springs

Flooding and debris flows associated with the 2011 Monument Fire and previous flooding events in the Huachuca Mountains damaged some of the City of Tombstone’s water supply pipelines and spring developments.  Some of the damage occurred in the Miller Peak Wilderness.  Since 2011, the Forest Service has authorized Tombstone to repair or replace all of the water lines that were under special use permit and which were operational prior to the flood damage. 

Geology and Minerals

The geology of the National Forests and Grasslands in the Southwestern Region is one of the main attractions for the multitude of recreational visitors who come to enjoy the unique natural beauty of the southwestern landscapes. The back-drop of red sandstone mesas, black volcanic buttes, glaciated mountain ranges, dramatic canyon lands, remote caves, and historic mining ghost towns make the Southwestern National Forests an exciting place to study geology and minerals.



Restoration is the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed.

Restoration Photo Gallery

ESGrapevine Point 37W Post Treatment

Pre and post treatment photos


Forest & Grassland Health

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

RF's Sensitive Species List

From 1980 to 2009, the number of species endangered or threatened with extinction and listed under the Endangered Species Act rose from 281 to 1,319.

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