hiker along Camp Creek Trail


Learn what you can do about drought-stressed trees and bark beetles

This beetle is native to western North American forests and attacks pine trees.

Four years of drought have put tremendous stress on trees in California’s forests, resulting in widespread mortality. Bark beetles are the primary cause of mortality for most pine and fir trees but other trees such as incense cedar and live oak are simply dying from lack of water.

PCT blasted open in the San Jacinto Mountains

The ACE crew poses on the completed section of trail.

In June 2021 multiple boulders blocking a section of the PCT in the San Jacinto Ranger District were removed using explosives. The successful clearing of the trail was made possible by the collaborative efforts of members of the Forest Service, Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA), American Conservation Experience (ACE), and the Backcountry Horseman of California.

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Every Kid Outdoors Program and Pass

We are proud to help launch the Every Kid in a Park program, as part of President Obama’s commitment to ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy public lands.

Managing Wildfires

Successfully managing wildfires is a year-round job that requires action before they start, while they are burning, and after they are out.


Snowplay Essentials

The weather is changing, and we know visitors are anxious to go play in the snow. As you prepare your trip to go play in the snow, please consider these tips.

Recreate Responsibly: Camping

A tent pitched in the forest among rocks

It's summer and camping is on! Here are some important know-before-you-go tips before heading out.

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