Welcome to the Northern Region! 

Selway River on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. Larch in fall colors on Lindbergh Lake by Dale Dufour. Gird Point Lookout at dusk. Vista Point along the Beartooth Highway.


Visit the Northern Region

Photo of Faye Krueger, Regional Forester for Northern Region.Please take a moment to view this Welcome video from Faye Krueger, Regional Forester of the Northern Region. Come visit and see the sights!  

We invite you to explore the Northern Region's 15 Congressionally designated Wilderness areas, five National Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, or 2,539 miles of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and much more.

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.

Recent News


50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Logo for the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

This year is the golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed on Sept. 3, 1964, by President Lyndon Johnson. The act established the country’s National Wilderness Preservation System. So, on Sept. 3, 2014, lovers of wildlands will celebrate the landmark event that made history.

Today, America boasts 758 wilderness areas covering almost 110 million acres. The Forest Service alone manages 440 wilderness areas. They make up a third of the entire National Forest System.

2013 Northern Region Year in Review

Cover of the 2013 Northern Region Year in Review

The Northern Region’s 2013 Year in Review highlights a wide range of feature articles, information and photos that showcase national programs and priorities at work on the ground here in the Northern Rockies. This overview features numerous partnership and collaborative projects and national emphasis programs that have taken hold and are growing in scope each year in the Region.

The Review features write-ups and photos about individual projects at the district and forest level, as well as national initiatives and program accomplishments that cross management and state boundaries. The contents highlight how these efforts improve forest health, revitalize resilient landscapes and restore watershed functions in projects whose impacts literally span coast to coast.

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Lolo National Forest focus

The Lolo National Forest in western Montana is the focus of Urban American Outdoor Television’s program, “What is the Forest Service?”


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