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The Urban and Community Forestry Program nurtures the stewardship of our urban forest resources through partnerships with states, cities, communities and nonprofit organizations.

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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.

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Nature's Benefits Animation

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.

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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

Forest Service Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) 2018

Forest Service Youth Conservation Corps

The U.S. Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer youth employment program that engages young people, ages 15 to 18, in meaningful work experiences on national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries. Youth are engaged in fun, exciting work projects designed to develop an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility.

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Special publications

Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan and Our Partners

Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan

In March 2011 the Pacific Southwest Region of the US Forest Service released a statement of its Leadership Intent for Ecological Restoration, which laid out the Region's guiding vision and goals for its stewardship of wildland and forests for the next 15-20 years. This plan reflects the Regional leadership's current thinking on how the Leadership Intent will be implemented.

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Climate Change in the Pacific Southwest Region

Climate Change

Responding to the challenges presented by climate change is one of the most urgent tasks facing the Forest Service. "Climate change is the biggest conservation challenge facing the Forest Service in the 21st century and contributing to global efforts that help forests mitigate and adapt to climate change is a priority for the Forest Service in California."

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.


USDA Forest Service Responds to Super Typhoon Yutu

A hand crew works to remove trees from a road.

On Oct. 25, 2018, Super Typhoon Yutu made landfall on the shores of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI); the most significant storm to impact U.S. soil since 1935. 

Renewable Energy Project In California Earns Forest Service Wide Recognition

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After years of hard work, a team from the PSW Region 5 received a Federal Energy and Water Management Award for its Southern California Energy Savings Performance Contract ENABLE Project.


Region 5 Pilots Contracted Recycling on Delta Fire

Recycling bins, netting and a dumpster sit ready for customers at a fire incident command area.

Region 5 tried out a recycling service on the Delta Fire and the results will shock you. Well they shouldn't considering the amount of waste produced at a fire incident command post.

California Consortium Youth Shine In Banquet And On The Trail

Youth show off their award certificates to the camera.

The USDA Forest Service PSW's Outreach, Recruitment and Workforce Diversity Program has added a few more reasons to feel proud about their California Consortium.

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Chaparral shrubland graphic for 4 southern California forests.

New: Valuing Chaparral Animation

Nature's Benefits

California National Forests: See the Fact Sheets

Nature's Benefits: Water

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Pack Stock Center of Excellence

Pack Stock Center of Excellence

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