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Visions of the Wild: Transforming Fire

Visions of the Wild

Explore the critical role fire plays in forests, grasslands and communities during the sixth annual Visions of the Wild film and arts festival Sept. 12-15 in Vallejo, California.

The USDA Forest Service and Vallejo Community Arts Foundation along with local partners will bring people closer to nature through art, lectures, outdoor experiences and science.

All events are free and open to everyone, but space is limited. Learn more at and follow the festivities on:

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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

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Interagency Wilderness Interpretation and Education Workshop

A man stands outdoors in the snow with a lake and mountain behind him.

Robert Hamm attended his first Interagency Wilderness Interpretation and Education Workshop and learned how to better explain, understand and share what exactly is a wilderness.

Tallac Site Gives Visitors A Stroll Back In Time

The arboretum area is nestled in the trees between Camp Richardson and Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

Historic area offers a rich experience — and a quiet respite from a busy Tahoe summer.


Forest Service Hosts A Booth At The Girl Scouts Central Area's Adventure Camp

Girls engage in outdoor activities with Forest Service employees teaching them about nature.

The USDA Forest Service hosted a booth at the Girl Scouts Central Area's Adventure Campout at Lake Camanche. More than 600 girls, troop leaders and volunteers attended.

Humanitarian Crisis Spurs Forest Service Ecologist to Action in Micronesia

A woman stands with a counsel of chiefs from the islands of Micronesia

Super Typhoon Maysak pounded Micronesia devastating the food supplies on Chuuk and the outer islands of Yap. Support efforts soon discovered a potential problem with food security. 

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