The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region earlier this week launched a Geographic Information System map that provides the public with updated information on the status of campgrounds, day-use sites, picnic areas, and other designated recreation sites on national forests throughout California.

View the GIS map at

The Forest Service continues to recommend that people not travel long distances to recreate and check with local National Forests before visiting.

All visitors should practice self-sufficiency during visits to national forests, the Forest Service said in a press release. “Recreating responsibly will help ensure that expanded access to recreational facilities, services, and opportunities continues.”

Responsible recreation practices should be maintained at all times, including:

• Maintaining at least six feet distancing from others

• Do not gather in groups and please follow the latest guidance from officials

• Communicate with others as you pass. Alert trail users of your presence and step aside to let others pass

• Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use

• All services may not be available, so plan accordingly.