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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.

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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.


Saipan Crew Travels 8,000 Miles To Work On Northern California Fires

Firefighters from Saipan monitor a controlled burn during night operations.

There are 541 wildland hand crews available each year to fight fires across the U.S. One crew traveled 8,000 miles from their home in Saipan to assist on fires in California.

Jackhammers Used To Battle Back Invasive Plants

Men use a jackhammer to cut into lava rock with two steel pipes already sticking out of two hole

Pu`u Wa`awa`a State Forest Reserve, about 15 miles northeast of Kailua Kona on Hawaii Island contains some of the best remaining dry and mixed mesic forest left in the Hawaiian Islands.


Collaborative Project Set To Bring "Good Fire" Back To Klamath Mountains

Partners, groups and Forest Service personnel gather for a project signing.

Surrounded by Western Klamath Restoration Partnership, Six Rivers National Forest leadership signed a decision to bring “good fire” back to the Klamath Mountains.

Cartographer Wins Award For Wild And Scenic Map

Daniel Spring works on his computer and lays out maps he has created.

If you go exploring with Daniel Spring you might never get lost. Spring is a cartographer with 18 years of map making experience at the USDA Forest Service.

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Celebrating 50 years of the Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trails System

Celebrating 50 years!

Pack Stock Center of Excellence

Pack Stock Center of Excellence

Nature's Benefits

California National Forests: See the Fact Sheets

Nature's Benefits: Water

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