A diverse landscape awaits
From the tallest mountains to the rolling sea, adventure awaits! The National Forests in California are home to such unique scenic areas as Mt. Shasta, Lake Tahoe, Mt. Whitney, and the Big Sur coast.Visit your Pacific Southwest Region Forests
Welcome to the Pacific Southwest! The Pacific Southwest Region of the US Forest Service manages 20 million acres of National Forest land in California and assists the State and Private forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Eighteen national forests are located in this region, in the North Coast, Cascade, and Sierra Nevada ranges and from Big Sur to the Mexican border in the south Coast range.
This office has moved to virtual services. Visit our Recreation Site Status Map and FAQ's for answers to many common visitor questions. If you need assistance or have any questions, please use our contact us form. Versión en Español: Los servicios de esta oficina son virtuales. Visite el Mapa de Estado Actual de Sitios de Recreación y Preguntas Frecuentes del visitante. Si necesita atención, por favor use nuestro formulario de contacto (inglés únicamente).
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.
Conservation Finance is the practice of raising and managing, and deploying capital to support land, water, and resource conservation. In the case of the Forest Service it is the practice of leveraging Forest Service-appropriated funding with private capital to increase the pace and scale of restoration.
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.
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 (COE) in 2013, recognizing that pack stock is a valuable traditional tool for wilderness management and that skills and resources in the Region were diminishing.
We strive to be in the top tier of federal land managing agencies in partnering appropriately and collaboratively with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal governments and communities for mutually beneficial outcomes.
Reminder to Practice Winter Recreation Safety Ahead of MLK Weekend - Forest Service Celebrates “Day of Service”, Jan. 17
Release Date: Jan 13, 2022
Forest Focus is a program about the National Forests in California, featuring specialists that work for the U.S. Forest Service and others who provide viewpoints on Forest Service issues.
Introducing ‘FOREST NEWS’ a new video series exploring National Forests in California. In the first episode, ‘California Fire Intensity,’ we examine the combination of factors that exacerbate wildfire intensity and behavior including fuel, wind, terrain, and drought. Thanks for watching!
Celebrating Public Service with the Resource Assistance Program
Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors the life and legacy of an inspiring civil rights leader. On this official day of service read how a few people are doing their part.
Shared Stewardship Produced Abundant Benefits on the Modoc National Forest
The Modoc National Forest and Modoc County Farm Bureau had a fruitful year of shared stewardship.
U.S. Forest Service in California Receive Elk Country Partnership Awards
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) presented three awards to the Forest Service for roles in finalizing the Sanhedrin Land Acquisition this past summer.
2021 Pacific Southwest Region & Research Station Honor Awards
The 2021 Honor Awards took place virtually on December 9. The theme “Achievement in Adversity” recognizes the accomplishments of many during a year of challenges.