About the Region

We create healthy, resilient landscapes on the land entrusted to us with unparalleled service, respect and dignity.

Photograph of the Regional Headquarters building surrounded by trees.

The Pacific Southwest Region of the US Forest Service manages 20 million acres of National Forest land in California and assists the State and Private forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Eighteen national forests are located in this region.

The Pacific Southwest Region is commonly referred to as Region 5 (R5). More information about the Region

Find a Regional Forest Website

Learn more by viewing the "About the Forest" section on the website for each Pacific Southwest National Forest.


Regional Orders

For all forests in Region 5 (California)
Order Quick Subject
18-01: National Forest System Roads. Vehicle
17-01: National Forest System Roads. Vehicle
16-02: Operating a vehicle unsafely on National Forest System Roads. Also operating a vehicle without a commercial permit. Vehicle
16-01: Possessing or operating a motor vehicle in violation of California Vehicle Code 38010-38506. Vehicle
15-01: Using an explosive, fireworks, and operating an engine without a spark arrestor. Fire
15-02: Public Safety Alcohol related
15-05: National Forest System Roads - Possessing or operating a motor vehicle in violation CVC 38010-38506 (Division 16.5 Off-Highway Vehicles) Roads
88-2 Pacific Crest Trail: Using or possessing a bicycle except by special-use authorization on the Pacific Crest Trail. Use

Video Highlights


Ecological Restoration: Engaging Partners in an All Lands Approach

Region 5 Leadership Intent: Our goal for the Pacific Southwest Region is to retain and restore ecological resilience of the National Forest lands to achieve sustainable ecosystems that provide a broad range of services to humans and other organisms.

Regional Strategic Priorities

In October 2008, the Pacific Southwest Region's Leadership Team, comprised of Forest Supervisors, Regional Program Directors, and the Regional Forester, met to discuss and identify the issues of greatest importance to the Forest Service in California.


Job and Income Contributions for 2016

Job and income economic contributions by the National Forests in California are displayed by Program, reflecting the multiple use management responsibility of the Forest Service.

Social Media

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Research and Development

The Pacific Southwest Research Station represents the research and development branch of the USDA Forest Service in the states of California and Hawaii and the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands.