Forest & Grassland Health

Graphic of the states in Region 1 and 4


Northern Region 1 and

Intermountain Region 4

Mission:

  • To facilitate stewardship, protection, and management of forested ecosystems by promoting forest health to federal, state, and private resource partners and customers in Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, western Wyoming, and portions North and South Dakota.

  • To help people understand the effects various agents have on their forests, the alternatives they have to influence those effects, and ways that treatments can be integrated to meet multiple objectives. 

Programs:

Woman examing litter sample.

Forest Health Monitoring and Assessment – detect and monitor insect and disease activity; changes in forest condition; and assess resilience of forest ecosystems through collection, analysis and reporting of data from permanent plot, aerial detection and ground surveys 

Photo of aerial view of trees fading red from agent damage.

Forest Insect and Disease Services – evaluate disease and insect situations, provide management guidance, participate in forest planning and forest plan implementation, provide technical and financial assistance to forest insect and disease suppression projects, and develop new technology for forest pest management. 

Photo of leafy spruge.

Non-native Species or Invasive Species Management - detect, evaluate, suppress and/or assist with management of introduced pathogens and insects. Provide information and assistance on pesticides and biological controls used to control noxious weeds.

Photo of children looking at beetle galleries.

Forest Health Education - provide scientifically based information on forest health issues to facilitate informed public understanding of forest resource management decisions through a variety of information media such as training sessions, publications, public meetings, and educational programs for adults and children.  

Man applying spray to trees.

Pesticide Use and Coordination – provide technical assistance, training and NEPA assistance related to the use of pesticides.