The U.S. Forest Service Northern Region 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.
Dave Schmid, Acting Regional Forester for the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Region, today addressed international leaders in forest governance during the Rethinking Forest Regulations workshop in Greenough, MT. Participants from Cameroon to Peru are interacting with the Montana State Forester, cultural and forestry representatives of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, conservation and industry leaders, and local, Regional and National officials of the U.S. Forest Service.
A Kootenai National Forest employee, Kris Newgard, has received the Watershed Stewardship Award jointly given by the Montana Wetland Council and the Montana Watershed Coordination Council. The biennial award recognizes innovative, locally led approaches to restoring and enhancing Montana’s watersheds. Protecting and restoring native trout and fish habitat in the Yaak River Valley and on the Three Rivers District of the Kootenai National Forest is a goal Kris works toward with the Yaak Headwaters Restoration Partnership.
Proposed amendments to incorporate relevant direction from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy into the forest plans for the Helena, Kootenai, Lewis and Clark, and Lolo National Forests - Comments due May 5, 2015