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Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT)

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

The PCT is a treasured pathway through some of the most outstanding scenic terrain in the United States. Thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this national treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season!

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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

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.

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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

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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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


Humanitarian Crisis Spurs Forest Service Ecologist to Action in Micronesia

A woman stands with a counsel of chiefs from the islands of Micronesia

Super Typhoon Maysak pounded Micronesia devastating the food supplies on Chuuk and the outer islands of Yap. Support efforts soon discovered a potential problem with food security. 

Biocultural Blitz Inspires Tomorrow’s Stewards Today

Fourth graders peek into a microscope.

More than 200 fourth graders, 100 teachers and 20 biologists came together during the third annual Biocultural Blitz at the Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest on the Big Island.


Forest Service Scientists Highlight Hawaiiʻs Human And Forest Connections

A Hawaiian woman looks at camera while arranging a lei.

When asked what of value comes from a forest, people say timber. Timber only scratches the surface, saying nothing about the vital connections humans have to forests.

Connecting On-the-Ground Work, Online

Men and women carry potted plants down a hiking trail.

The Stewardship Mapping & Assessment Project helps to understand, highlight, and support community groups that care for special places in Oʻahu, like its eastern and southern watersheds.

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