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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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Forest Service Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) 2018

Nature's Benefits

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.

Learn more about YCC and view YCC projects in California

Wild and Scenic Rivers

50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Act

The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which protects over 12,000 miles of free flowing rivers for recreation, water quality and wildlife habitat, is celebrating its 50th anniversary!

As the Act reaches half century of protecting some of our greatest rivers, we hope you'll join us in celebrating its accomplishments.

For more information visit:, #MakeYourSplash, #FindYourWay.

National Trails System

50th Anniversary of National Trails System

In 2018, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of our National Trails System, 11 National Scenic Trails (including the Pacific Crest Trail) and 19 National Historic Trails authorized by Congress, and more than 1,200 National Recreation Trails. These trails provide outdoor recreation opportunities, promote resource preservation and public access, and encourage the appreciation of the great outdoors and America's history and cultural diversity.

For more information visit:, #FindYourTrail, #FindYourWay

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

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.


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.


A Vision for the Future: First Revised Forest Plan Released in California

Wildflowers along the McGee Pass Trail, Inyo National Forest. Photo by Leeann Murphy

The first forest plan in the Pacific Southwest Region revised under the 2012 Planning Rule is on-line! The Inyo NF plan will guide the management of the forest’s 2 million acres.

Prescribe Burning On The Green Mountain

A helicopter flies over a forest fire with smoke rising into the sky.

Fire managers on the Shasta Lake Ranger District of the Shasta-Trinity NF took advantage of fair weather and continue prescribed burn operations in the Green Mountain area. 


Six Rivers NF Sends Employees To Assist In Hurricane Relief

Destroyed homes after a hurricane came through.

Two employees from the Six Rivers NF heard the call for help from the USDA Forest Service to assist Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane’s Irma and Maria.

Blue Waters Exchange: Connecting ideas and cultures across the Pacific

Blue Waters group at Heeia crop preparation

How far would you travel to follow your passion? Four students from the Lake Tahoe Basin recently crossed the Pacific Ocean for the U.S. Forest Service’s Blue Waters Exchange.

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Pack Stock Center of Excellence

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