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Find Recreational Opportunities

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


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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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 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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Horse Tails

Devil's Garden Wild Horses symbol.

Recently, several hundred Devil's Garden wild horses on the Modoc National Forest were rounded up for adoption. In this series of short videos, different aspects of the process are covered including what people can do for the horses and why they care, what it takes to gentle a horse, an overview of an adoption day, and a special bond formed between a Forest Service employee and a wild horse in need of a home.

View the video playlist

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

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.


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 O Ľahu, like its eastern and southern watersheds.

California Tree Mortality Numbers Released: 18 Million Trees Died In 2018

Map showing dead trees in colored variations of mortality.

The Forest Health Aerial Survey numbers for 2018 were released in February and despite being down from the drought, the numbers remained high relative to background mortality rates.


One Region, One Program of Work. Many Successes.

Firefighters walk near flames and bulldozer monitoring a controlled burn.

Region 5 is improving how we manage the public’s national forests by sharing people, skills and resources to meet restoration goals. We call it 1R1POW.

At The Chinese New Year Community Street Fair

Smokey meets new friends at the Chinese New Year Community Street Fair.

For the second year in a row, the USDA Forest Service’s Asian Pacific American Association hosted an outreach booth at this Chinese New Year event and Smokey Bear helped share his story.

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Our Maps

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

See more Nature's Benefits Infographics!

Pack Stock Center of Excellence

Pack Stock Center of Excellence

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