Plants & Animals

 

American MartenThe National Forests and Grasslands in the Rocky Mountain Region provide a great diversity of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, including alpine tundra, extensive conifer and aspen forests, sagebrush and other shrublands, short-grass to tall-grass prairies, lakes, streams and wetlands.  Straddling the Continental Divide, the Region includes the headwaters of the Arkansas, Missouri, Rio Grande, and Colorado River systems.
Maroon-Bells High Elk Area 

The diverse habitats found in the Region harbor an abundance of wildlife, fish and rare plant resources. For example, the Region supports the largest herds of elk and bighorn sheep in the nation, the greatest variety of native cutthroat trout, and the only black-footed ferret population inhabiting a national grassland.

Wildlife, fish and rare plant resources contribute significantly to local economies in the Rocky Mountain Region. Habitat enhancement projects, NatureWatch programs, and efforts to recover and conserve threatened, endangered and sensitive species enrich the recreational experiences of visitors to the National Forests and Grasslands. Many of these programs are possible only through the generous participation of our partners.
 

Features

Species Conservation Program

Greenback Cutthroat Trout

The Rocky Mountain Region has produced species conservation assessments for more than 200 featured plants and animals, as well as ecological assessments for terrestrial and aquatic/riparian/wetland ecosystems. The list of sensitive species designated by the Regional Forester can also be found on this website.


Wildlife, Fish & Rare Plants

Prince Baskettail

Learn about the Rocky Mountain Region's Wildlife Program, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology Program, Species Conservation Project, and Botany Program.