About Our New Website

A new look ~ but that's not all!

Our new website is part of a Forest Service-wide effort to move all National Forest websites into this new format. It's a big project!

When the move is done, National Forest websites across the country will have a common look and feel as well as organization. This consistency will make it easier for you to find what you're looking for as you travel from one Forest website to the next. Plus, the technology behind the websites will increase our ability to grow our sites to meet your information needs.
Even though we are now "live" in the new Forest Service website, we are still moving content from our big old site into this big new website. We've tried to tune our continuing migration work to match your needs.

Where did it go?

Having trouble finding your favorite section or page? Here are a couple tips to help:

• Use the Search. We now have a great Google search for this site

• Take a look at the Site Map (upper left corner right under the Search box). It shows the contents of our site in outline format

• It could be that we are still migrating that content.

Please let us know how this site is working for you and if there is content you're looking for and can't find. It will help us prioritize our move as well as our future web development efforts to know just what you are looking for.

• Feel free to send us comments about our new website.

What about those long web addresses?

This Forest Service web site uses database technology to deliver one whole web page when you type our address into your browser or choose a link. That one web page is made up of many components stored individually in the database.
This technology makes for a fluid and dynamic web page and also is responsible for some very long addresses that you see in the web browser's address field as you move around the site.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions related to these long addresses:

Question: What is the official address/URL for this site?
Answer: www.fs.usda.gov/flathead

Question: Why does a long address display when I arrive at this web site?
Answer: The database technology mentioned above, converts the official address or any "short URL" (see below) and translates it into the longer address the database uses to retrieve the elements for the web page.

Question: I typed in the old address, www.fs.fed.us/r1/flathead and got to this location, why?
Answer: The old address is like a "forwarding address" at the post office. Anyone trying to use the address will find themselves forwarded to the new site at www.fs.usda.gov/flathead. In WWW terms, this is called a "redirect."

Question: Are there other short addresses for sections on this web site?
Answer: Yes, there are several other short addresses we call "short URLs" (URL is an industry acronym that stands for "Universal Resource Locator" which basically means address for a web location). Here is a list of current short URLs you can use.

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