Nature's Benefits

"Our goal for the Pacific Southwest Region is to retain and restore the provision of a broad range of Nature's Benefits to people that come from National Forest Systems lands." Read the new Nature's Benefits Leadership Intent document.

A Note About Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance for not traveling for your recreation needs. If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Stay safe. For more on avoiding COVID-19, visit

Visiting National Forests

Please avoid visiting national forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.

If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.

Regional Order No. 20-02

R5 Developed Recreation Sites Closing Through April 30, 2020.

Notice to Range Permittees

Until further notice, range permittees should contact their local range permit administrator and/or local line officer to discuss this year's turnout. If you have any questions, please contact Leigh Sevy, Regional Range Program Leader,, phone: 530-708-1462.

Temporary Suspension of Prescribed Fire

USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announced today that all new ignitions for prescribed fire have been postponed until further notice.

Virtual Services

This office has moved to virtual services. Please visit us at and access our forest maps at If you need immediate assistance or have any questions, please call 707-562-8794.

Versión en Español

Esta oficina se ha cambiado a servicios virtuales. Por favor visítenos por el internet en y acceda los mapas de nuestros bosques en Si necesita atención inmediata o tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame al 707-562-8794.

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Find Recreational Opportunities

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


California Fire Assistance Agreement

California Fire Assistance Agreement

The USDA Forest Service has been working diligently with the State of California on clarifying the fire assistance payments in the agreement known as the California Fire Assistance Agreement. The current CFAA will remain in place while we work together to complete a new firefighting agreement that is mutually beneficial to the Forest Service and the State of California before it expires in December 2019.

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

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

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!

Learn more about PCT

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

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.

Learn more about Ecological Restoration

Recent News


Honor Guard Takes Care Of Our Own

Men and women from the Forest Service are in dress uniforms standing at attention with helicopters.

An important group of Forest Service employees trained in Redding last week. The Forest Service Honor Guard takes its mission of “Taking Care of Our Own,” very seriously.

Forest Service Community Forest Program Continues Agroforestry In Hawai’i

Traditional Hawaiian crops grow in a botanical garden.

The Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Kealakekua is Hawaii’s first “Community Forest!” The beloved garden has been closed to the public since 2016, until now.


Connecting the Sierras to the Hmong Community at Hmong New Year Celebration

A male Forest Service employee interacts with a family with a table of handouts.

The USDA Forest Service hosted an outreach and information booth at the annual Fresno Hmong New Year celebration in Fresno, California, Dec. 26, 2019 to Jan. 1, 2020. 

Urban Meets Wild Trail

A female Forest Service employee interacts with children outside with trees around.

The USDA Forest Service designed the “Urban Meets Wild Trail,” an interactive experience at the America’s Great Outdoors site at the Los Angeles County Fair.

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