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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.

Recent News


Regional Foresters Attend 2016 Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership

IFRP Marten and Rasure

Regional Forester Leanne Marten and Nora Rasure, her counterpart from the Intermountain Region, addressed the Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership this week in Boise, ID. A statewide coalition of collaborative groups, the partnership hosts an annual workshop to foster an exchange of ideas, challenges and successes among the groups. This years workshop entitled "Facing the Fire: New Tools and Science for Resilient Rorests" inspired robust interaction on the insect and disease designations and Good Neighbor Authority from the 2014 Farm Bill, Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration projects, and the latest science on the magnitude of restoration needs and considerations for post-fire management options. 

2014 Farm Bill: Insect & Disease Infestation

Equipment removes hazard trees killed by mountain pine beetle from a road corridor.

The Northern (Region 1) and Intermountain (Region 4) Regions of the Forest Service are moving quickly and diligently to implement the Insect & Disease. The nation's forests are experiencing larger and more frequent insect and disease outbreaks, as well as increased length and severity of fire seasons as a result of climate change. By focusing on stemming insect and disease outbreaks and creating forests that are more resilient to future changes in climate, we can better protect the many benefits our nation's forests provide, such as drinking water and recreation opportunities for citizens, wildlife habitat for hundreds of species, forest products, carbon sequestration and many others.

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2015 Regional Forester Awards

Leanne Marten, Regional Forester for the Northern Region, recognizes employees and partners for their outstanding contributions to the work of the Forest Service in 2015.

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.


  • Forest Plans Amendments Proposed Action

    Amendment 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:

    The Forest Service published the draft amendments and draft EIS on May 27, 2016. The 120 day comment period begins on June 3rd. More information about how to comment and documents can be found on the Forest Plan Amendments page.

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