Backpacker in hard hat climbs a snowy, rocky mountain.

If awe-inspiring landscapes and intriguing cultural sites are your thing, visit California's 18 National Forests for mystery, beauty and special places.


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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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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.


Women in Wildfire Training Camp 2017

Women firefighters gather in a formation to hear next instruction while standing in an open mountain

The Los Padres National Forest hosted its 4th Annual Women In Wildfire Training Camp, Dec. 10-15, 2017, in the shadow of the Thomas Fire.

Denny and Jim Jam Reclaimed From Illegal Grows

Trucks filled with hundreds of feet of irrigation pipes prepared to drive them off the forest.

In 2016 and 2017, several large public land trespass marijuana cultivation complexes were discovered on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest managed by the U.S Forest Service. 


Lilac Fire Provides Employee Chance To Help Humans And Horses

Racehorses peek through their stable doors during the Lilac Fire that came close to the fairgrounds.

When a wildfire starts, a call to action is sounded. Firefighting personnel converge to manage the incident. However, supporting a fire doesn’t always mean working the fire line. 

Mantra Gives Employee Structure For Amazing 38 Year Career

A man stands looking at camera holding an award.

“If you work hard you can become anything you want in the Forest Service. Anything is possible.” Kubota said these words and practiced that mantra during his 38 year career.

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