Bighorn Sheep Management Framework and Assessments
The objective of this framework is to establish a protocol for evaluating the status of summer bighorn sheep habitats on each Intermountain Region National Forest. A forest’s ability to provide habitat that can support persistent bighorn sheep populations is assessed by evaluating where there is potential contact between bighorn sheep and domestic sheep. The data and analysis are used to inform management decisions regarding domestic sheep operations. Individual reports summarizing the results of applying this framework will be prepared for Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nevada.
Every Kid in the Park
The Every Kid in a Park initiative allows fourth graders to go to the Every Kid in the Park web site and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters for an entire year starting September 1, 2015.
Children can discover their public lands and all they offer. As living classrooms, these outdoor places and historic sites also provide hands-on, real-world opportunities to develop critical skills and learn more about the natural world.
The Payette National Forest has been selected to provide the 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. For more than 50 years a tree has graced the west lawn of the U.S Capitol; and since 1970, a national forest has been selected to provide the honored tree, a gift from the national forest and its home state. Learn more about selection of the tree, ornaments, partnerships, sponsors, calendar of events, and volunteering by visiting the Capitol Christmas Tree web Page.
The landscape and culture of the Interior West are characterized by the iconic sagebrush steppe ecosystems that are valued and used by people with a long and deep connection to the land. A need and desire has been identified to create a new balance between the use and protection of this landscape to conserve its important attributes, including greater sage-grouse. Visit the Greater Sage Grouse page to view the latest on the conservation effort.