About the Area

Our Mission

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

More about Region 5

Welcome to the Pacific Southwest! 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, in the North Coast, Cascade, and Sierra Nevada ranges and from Big Sur to the Mexican border in the south Coast range.

Watch a video to find out more about who we are and the work we do.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find a Regional Forest Website

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




California Forest News Video Series

In California Forest News we explore the National Forests in California. In the first episode, ‘California Fire Intensity,’ we examine the combination of factors that exacerbate wildfire intensity and behavior including fuel, wind, terrain, and drought. Thanks for watching!

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Forest Focus: Audio Podcast

Forest Focus is a program about the National Forests in California, featuring specialists that work for the U.S. Forest Service and others who provide viewpoints on Forest Service issues.

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