Welcome to the Northern Region! 

Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness Bob Marshall Wilderness Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Frank Church Wilderness Gospel-Hump Wilderness Lee Metcalf Wilderness Great Bear Wilderness Mission Mountains Wilderness Rattlesnake Wilderness Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Scapegoat Wilderness Gates of the Mountain Wilderness Cabinet Mountains Wilderness


Visit the Northern Region

Photo of David E. Schmid, Acting Regional Forester for the Northern Region.

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.

We invite you to explore the Northern Region's 15 congressionally designated wilderness areas, five National Wild and Scenic Rivers, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, Nez Perce National Historic Trail, North Country National Scenic Trail, the 2,539 miles of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and much more.


Dave Schmid Addresses International Leaders

David Schmid at an International Meeting

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.

Kris Newgard, has received the Watershed Stewardship Award

Kris Newgard on the Swinging Bridge which crosses the Kootenai River

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.

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Highway 12 Corridor Report

Picture of the Lochsa River and Highway 12, looking south

The report Values of the Middle Fork Clearwater and Lochsa River Corridor Potentially Affected by Certain Over-Legal Truck Traffic is available for reading and download.

Whitebark Pine: Restoring a Species in Peril

Learn about the importance of whitebark pine in the region, the factors contributing to its decline, and the focus on protection and restoration of the species.


  • Forest Plans Amendments Proposed Action

    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

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