The Northern Region area encompasses 25 million acres and is spread over 5 states. Included are 12 National Forests located within the perimeter of northeastern Washington, northern Idaho, and Montana; and the National Grasslands in North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota.
As a place for individuals and families to enjoy the outdoors, the Northern Region's public lands offer hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, kayaking, and countless other adventures. These very special areas protected from development offer the ability to escape the crowds of the city and encounter nature at its best - to experience the solitude and challenges of wildlands.
The Regional Forester has established a series of special awards to recognize exceptional performance or outstanding contributions and accomplishments to improve the efficiency and quality of Forest Service administrative resource programs in the Northern Region. Regional Forester, Faye Krueger, presented her 2013 Honor Awards during a ceremony in Missoula on November 19. The 12 different Awards were presented to forest, grassland, and regional office employees for a wide range of actions, accomplishments, and honors over the last year. The complete listing of the Awards is on our site.
Most all of the work we perform on national forest system lands is based around watersheds and waterways. So why aren’t we the US Water Service? While the agency was established as the Forest Service in 1905, the stage for the water-based focus stems from the 1897 Organic Act. This Act clearly identifies the objective of forest management: "to improve and protect the forest within the reservation, or for securing favorable conditions of water flows, and to furnish a continuous supply of timber for the use and necessities of citizens of the United States." Read More about “Why Watersheds?”
Thirteen students with the Youth Forest Monitoring Program (YFMP), along with four field instructors, spent three days in the Scapegoat Wilderness on the Helena National Forest. They were there to gather data on recreation impacts, water quality and document the spread of invasive weeds. Flickr photos
The Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests announced the release of their final land management plans, Final Environmental Impact Statements and draft Records of Decision on September 23, 2013. The forests are following a pre-decisional administrative review process (objection process) prior to making a final decision. The 60-day Objection Period begins the day after notice is published in the Newspapers of Record (the Coeur d’Alene Press in Coeur d’Alene, ID and the Missoulian in Missoula, MT). Notice is expected to be published on or about September 27.
The documents are available for download and review at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ipnf/landmanagement/planning for the Idaho Panhandle NF, and at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/kootenai/landmanagement/planning for the Kootenai NF.