Do Your Part. Recreate Responsibly.

As Wildfire Risk Increases, New PSAs Urge Americans to Recreate Safely Outdoors.

Our Response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus

National Forests to Increase Access to Recreation

National Forests in California are increasing access to the public by providing additional developed recreational opportunities. National Forest websites and social media pages will have the most up-to-date information on re-openings. Whenever possible, please recreate locally.

Visiting National Forests

Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. Please avoid visiting national forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.

We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance for not traveling for your recreation needs. Stay safe. For more on avoiding COVID-19, visit

A Notice to the Public About Prescribed Burning

The Pacific Southwest Region is moving forward with prescribed fire operations as conditions and resources permit.

Personal Use Firewood Permits

National Forests in California are waiving the need for personal use firewood permits until September 30, 2020. If you were unable to purchase a permit prior to office closures, you may go and cut what you need for your family during this difficult time. All firewood cutting rules remain in place.

Woodcutting requirements may vary substantially so please check with your local ranger district office to see if there are any specific local restrictions or requirements at a forest or grassland office.

Notice to Range Permittees

Until further notice, range permittees should contact their local range permit administrator and/or local line officer to discuss this year's turnout. If you have any questions, please contact Leigh Sevy, Regional Range Program Leader,, phone: 530-708-1462.

Virtual Services

This office has moved to virtual services. Please visit us at and access our forest maps at If you need immediate assistance or have any questions, please call 707-562-8794.

Versión en Español

Esta oficina se ha cambiado a servicios virtuales. Por favor visítenos por el internet en y acceda los mapas de nuestros bosques en Si necesita atención inmediata o tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame al 707-562-8794.

See More Information

Forest Service Prohibits Campfires Outside of Developed Campgrounds to Reduce Human-Caused Wildfires

National Forests in California will enact campfire restrictions to protect the health and safety of communities and firefighters, effective immediately and until further notice.

Recommended Topics

Find Recreational Opportunities

Please visit the forest website for details on the exciting recreational opportunities that await you there.


Wildfire Information

National Interagency Fire Center Boise Idaho

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), located in Boise, Idaho, is the nation's support center for wildland firefighting. Eight different agencies and organizations are part of NIFC. Decisions are made using the interagency cooperation concept because NIFC has no single director or manager.

Learn about Current Wildfires | View Fire Situational Awareness Map

Tree mortality in California

California Tree Mortality.

High numbers of hazard trees in our forests and around communities, campgrounds, along roads, trails and utility corridors pose a significant threat to communities if a wildfire breaks out in the affected areas. Tree mortality in California crosses all land ownerships; government, citizens and private industry are working together to mitigate hazards and create more resilient forests.

More information:

Adventure Pass

National Forest Adventure Pass

This is a pass to use designated sites and areas of the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino National Forests. Visitors to these four forests will be required to display the Pass in their vehicles when using the Forest for recreation purposes. The Adventure Pass is a local regional pass, required only on the four forests listed above.

View an interactive map of Recreation Fee Sites in Southern California

Pack Stock Center of Excellence

Pack Stock Center of Excellence

While pack stock use boasts a long history within the Forest Service, it is becoming a vanishing skill. While pack stock resources have declined, Region 5 established the Pack Stock Center of Excellence in 2013, recognizing that pack stock is a valuable traditional tool for wilderness management and that skills and resources in the Region were diminishing.

Learn more about the Pack Stock Center of Excellence

Nature's Benefits

Nature's Benefits

California's 18 National Forests provide Nature's Benefits (or Ecosystem Services) that positively impact people's lives. Ecosystems are human, plant, and animal life-support systems that provide a suite of benefits vital to human health and livelihood.

Learn more about Nature's Benefits | View video on YouTube

Ecological Restoration: Engaging Partners in an All Lands Approach

Ecological Restoration: Pacific Southwest Region

Our goal is to retain and restore ecological resilience of the National Forest lands to achieve sustainable ecosystems that provide a broad range of services to humans and other organisms. This goal is based on a commitment to land and resource management that is infused by the principles of Ecological Restoration and driven by policies and practices that are dedicated to make land and water ecosystems more sustainable, more resilient, and healthier.

Learn more about Ecological Restoration

Recent News


Nature's Benefits Leadership Intent

Connecting people and partners to forest benefits they see, feel, hear, and rely on in their daily lives will increase our capability to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands. “Our goal for the Pacific Southwest Region is to retain and restore the provision of a broad range of Nature’s Benefits to people that come from National Forest Systems lands. To do this, we will build off the R5 Leadership Intent document on Ecological Restoration which states our commitment to restoration-based management and to a renewed focus in the sustainable delivery of ecosystem services, with a Nature’s Benefits Leadership Intent document.”


Forest Service Team Win EPA Federal Green Challenge Innovation Award

A man stands next to a tower of aluminum cans stacked in trash bags at a recycling center.

In June 2020, the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region and the National Greening Fire Team won an Innovation Award from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sierra Nevada Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Strategy

An aerial view of a forest that has a burn scar from a recent wildfire.

In 2018 we initiated a Recreation and Infrastructure Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategy for the Sierra Nevada.


Honor Guard Takes Care Of Our Own

Men and women from the Forest Service are in dress uniforms standing at attention with helicopters.

An important group of Forest Service employees trained in Redding last week. The Forest Service Honor Guard takes its mission of “Taking Care of Our Own,” very seriously.

Forest Service Community Forest Program Continues Agroforestry In Hawai’i

Traditional Hawaiian crops grow in a botanical garden.

The Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Kealakekua is Hawaii’s first “Community Forest!” The beloved garden has been closed to the public since 2016, until now.

View All Spotlights

Focus on finding a national forest map.

Our Maps

Get involved: your forest's future is in your hands

Forest Plan Revision

Nature's Benefits Forest Fact Sheet

Nature's Benefits: California's National Forest Fact Sheets

Nature's Benefits Infographics

Region 5 Nature's Benefits Infographics



  • Follow us on Twitter

  • Fire News on Twitter