Caring for the land and serving people
The Forest Service is charged with managing natural resources in a way that best serves the multiple needs of a growing nation.Natural Resource Management
A critical part of the Forest Service mission is protecting and managing the national forests and grasslands so they best demonstrate the sustainable multiple-use management concept. Managing the natural resources of the Nation's forests and grasslands requires the complex integration of resource assessments, management actions, and cooperative partnerships.
Selected GIS datasets for the Pacific Southwest Region are available for download from this area. The scale at which the Pacific Southwest's GIS data was developed depends upon the subject and type of data.
The Forest Service strategy for dealing with climate change is based on 25 years of targeted research and a century of science and management experience.
The diverse habitats found in the Region harbor an abundance of wildlife, fish and rare plant resources.
The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board will conduct California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Scoping meetings to solicit input regarding the scope and content of information to be included in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
The Pacific Southwest Region’s (R5) Vegetation Ecology program consists of three components: Inventory, Mapping, and Classification. These interdependent components serve as the basis for analyzing vegetation resources and associated uses in this Region. Included in components are the Vegetation Inventory Data and Mapped Vegetation Tiles.
Conservation Finance is the practice of raising and managing, and deploying capital to support land, water, and resource conservation.
Climate change is re-shaping how the Forest Service provides ecosystem services and sustains the health, diversity and productivity of our national forests.
The Threat of Deforested Conditions in California's National Forests
Assessment of tree loss due to wildfires and the resultant broad scale losses for all the benefits that forested lands offer, such as wildlife habitat, watersheds, clean air and wood fiber.
Water Quality Management
National forests in CA comprise about 20 percent of the area of the state, but owing to their location in mountainous headwaters, they provide almost half of the State's surface water.