Welcome to the Northern Region! 


Visit 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.


75th Anniversary of Smokejumpers Commemorated

Smokejumper just about to land

Hundreds of smokejumpers descended upon Missoula, Montana this weekend to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Smokejumpers.

The celebration lasted all weekend with events every day, including a BBQ on Friday and a proficiency jump Saturday morning at the Smokejumper Center.

Tenderfoot Celebration

Department of Agriculture undersecretary Robert Bonnie giving speech at Tenderfoot Celebration

The USDA Forest Service and its partners held a celebration in the rotunda of the state capitol on Friday, to mark the achievement of the Tenderfoot Legacy land acquisition. Spanning over 8,000 acres, the Tenderfoot is a group of land parcels that, after the acquisition, are now a part of the Lewis and Clark National Forest.

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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.