US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region

A diverse landscape awaits

From the tallest mountains to the rolling sea, adventure awaits! The National Forests in California are home to such unique scenic areas as Mt. Shasta, Lake Tahoe, Mt. Whitney, and the Big Sur coast.

Visit your Pacific Southwest Region Forests

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.

  • 2024 Rose Parade

    Smokey Bear stands next to a Packstock Mule in the forest.

    Come join us on New Year's Day 2024 for the Rose Parade featuring the Packstock Center of Excellence and Smokey Bear, who is celebrating his 80th birthday!

  • Confronting the Wildfire Crisis

    Billowing smoke over a fiery forest with road leading in.

    USDA Forest Service announces additional landscapes to address wildfire risk to infrastructure and communities.


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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California Forest News Video Series

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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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