Reporting Suspicious and Illegal Activity on National Forests and Grasslands
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If you see an activity that you think is suspicious, we encourage you to report it. In case of an emergency, call 911.
Report suspicious activity on National Forests and Grasslands within the areas of Montana, Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota by using this phone directory. You can use this e-mail address to send us a note. In Montana you can report poaching and violations of and public land laws to TIP-MONT at 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668) or on-line.
What to look for:
ATVs operating off of established roads or trails.
Suspicious activities in the woods especially in the evening and on weekends such as forest products being loaded into pickups or vans.
Rental vans in the forest where they would not normally be.
Campfires in locations where they should not be, or campfires left unattended.
Bright lights on hillsides at night.
Chainsaws running in the middle of the night or on weekends.
Dumping of household or commercial trash.
Anyone damaging a Forest Service recreation site or trail or deliberately setting a fire.
How to Observe and Record:
If you think you have witnessed a crime, do not approach the person and do not take a photo of them! Instead observe what they are doing, record it on paper and report it to the authorities.
Report what you have seen either by phone or by using this e-mail address link. When you report a tip, provide information such as a description of the person(s), a description of their vehicle or vessel, any registration or distinguishing logo (car rental identifier, license plate), what they are doing, when, and where.
Where and when do forest crimes occur?
Illegal activities can take place anywhere and at any time but usually occur later in the evening or on weekends.
What crimes are committed on our Forests and Grasslands?
Theft of timber and other forest products; arson; vandalism of private and government property; damaging Forest Service campsites, roads, or trails; and illegal drug sales and drug manufacturing are just some examples. These are crimes prosecutable under both federal and state laws.
Protect Your Forests
The National Forests and Grasslands are your lands. You have a stake in what happens on the lands. Laws protect the forest's biodiversity, scenic views, water, soil and the cultural and heritage aspects of the forests.
Thank you for your interest and concern for our lands and facilities!