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 »


Resolution Copper Timeline

Due to an increase in inquiries regarding Resolution Copper and Oak Flat, we have a summary page with links to all the information for easier access. View the up-to-date statement and project links.

Protecting Public Health and Safety

To protect public health and safety, the health and safety of our employees and volunteers and to align with local and state health and safety orders, the Southwestern Region of the USDA Forest Service has orders limiting limiting group sizes.  These restrictions reflect federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19.   Recreation site closures are managed by each forest.  

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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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