Welcome to the Southern Region

Welcome to the Southern Region

There is something for everyone in the vast Southern Region! 

Find Your Adventure

The Southern Region of the Forest Service is a dynamic collection of lands that encompasses 13 states and Puerto Rico. Known as Region 8 within the Forest Service, the Southern Region consists of 14 National Forest units and two special units. The Forest Service employs about 250 people at the Region 8 headquarters in Atlanta, and nearly 2,500 throughout the South. 

  • Find Your Forest

    map of the southern united states

    The Southern Region is pretty big, and we want to make sure you can easily find the National Forest website you're looking for! We've got a complete list to help you out, by state and territory!



Smoke modeling tools reduce impacts to communities

Smoke rising from green mountains

Prescribed fire is a critical land management tool that keeps our forests healthy, but sometimes results in smoke in some communities.

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2021 Regional Forester's Honor Awards: Together We Rise

2021 Regional Forester Awards Invitation

This year's recipients are being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments, hard work, resilience and innovation throughout the Southern Region.

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