Welcome to the Southwestern Region

The Southwestern Region is 20.6 million acres. There are six national forests in Arizona, five national forests and a national grassland in New Mexico, and one national grassland each in Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle.The region ranges in elevation from 1,600 feet above sea level and an annual rain fall of 8 inches in Arizona's lower Sonoran Desert to 13,171-foot high Wheeler Peak and over 35 inches of precipitation a year in northern New Mexico.  map of forest locations »

Recent News


Photo Contest Winners!

A stunning photo of the Milky Way over the San Juan National Forest in Colorado earn

What if the top prize for the 2020 National Park Foundation Photo Contest was taken on a National Forest?  Do you need more proof that National Forests are the best public lands?  Third prize not only went to a photo taken on a  National Forest - it was taken on Region 3's very own Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. 

Great American Outdoors Act in the Southwest

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) enables federal land managers to take aggressive steps to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service will use these funds to maximize the benefits experienced by millions of Americans who visit and use their national forests and rangelands. Projects funded by this act will focus on reducing deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects and thereby improve the conditions and resiliency of our nation’s forests for present and future generations.

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New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse

NM Meadow Jumping Mouse

Information on the listing of the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse.  Summary and background information, links to projects and reference material.

Partners work together to restore and protect Bill Williams Mountain

Images of Bill Williams Mountain Before and After Project

The Kaibab National Forest and partners are collaborating on technical steep slope forest restoration and fuels reduction work on the Bill Williams Mountain.


Bark Beetle Outbreak

Bark Beetle

Information on bark beetle effects.

Resolution on Mexican Spotted Owl Litigation Moves Forest Restoration Forward

The United States District Court of Arizona approved the joint stipulation for dismissal of the lawsuit and associated injunction concerning the Mexican Spotted owl.

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