Intermountain Regional Stories

Fire and Fire Prevention

Willow Creek Fire 2018

Fire burning in aspen.Utilizing a confine and contain strategy versus a full suppression strategy on this natural-caused fire provided ecological benefits to the land. Read the entire article.

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International Activities

Photo of three international visitors posing for a photo in front of a bison in a museum.International Visitors Explore National Wild and Scenic River

The Forest Service welcomed international visitors on the Flathead, the Clearwater and Salmon Rivers. During the trip staff and visitors had a chance to talk about legislation, river management plans, visitor use management systems, monitoring, science and trends in use and environmental conditions on these rivers. Read the entire story.

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Vibrant Cities Lab

People walking in a city that has trees along the side of the road.People want to live, work and learn near trees. Vibrant Cities Lab provides the free tools to make it happen. Read the entire story.

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2018 Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby Connects Kids and Public Lands

Photo of four kids who attended the Ice Fishing Derby are holding fishing poles and certificates.It’s all yours! Ice fishing can be a great way for kids to connect with their public lands. The 27th Annual Salmon, Idaho Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby was recently held at Hyde Creek Pond near Salmon, Idaho. Read the entire story.

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Science and Innovation

White Bark Pine Decline and Restoration Efforts

Two men collecting specimens from a Whitebark pine treeThe strategy to restore whitebark pine communities is multi-faceted, emphasizing genetic resistance to white pine blister rust, improved drought tolerance and cold hardiness, protection from mountain pine beetle with verbenone pouches, and reducing competition from other shade-tolerant species, in combination with an active tree planting program. Read the entire article. Read the entire article.

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Whitewater Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Photo of rafts lined up ready for the morning put-in.Each year, approximately 10,000 people float the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The Middle Fork is a 98-mile free-flowing river in the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, originating 20 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho, at the confluence of Bear Valley and Marsh Creeks.Read the entire article.

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Wildlife and Fisheries

Close up of brown and white owl with yellow eyes

Citizen-scientist volunteers participate in “the largest geographic survey of Short-eared Owls in the world”​

Since 2016, the Western Asio Flammeus Landscape Study (WAfLS), in partnership with the US Forest Service and other agency partners, has utilized citizen science to conduct “the largest geographic survey of Short-eared Owls in the world” to assess the status and movement of Short-eared Owls across the West. Read the entire article.

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Working for the U.S. Forest Service

National Forest At a Glance: Jobs & Income Contributions

FS employee riding a horseThis Story Map displays job and income contributions provided by the National Forests and Grasslands. It provides a brief explanation of the methods used to estimate local jobs and income supported by the mission of the National Forest Service. View the entire digital article.

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Ashley National Forest

Ashley Forest Plan Revision

Cover page for the forest plan revision project for the Ashley National ForestThe Ashley National Forest is going through a forest plan revision. Learn more about their process and what this means to the agency and to the public. Learn more about Forest Plan Revision on the Ashley National Forest.

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Boise National Forest

Boise National Forest Collaborates with Nez Perce Tribe to Restore Water

Indians on horseback riding single file through a meadow with wildflowers.The Boise National Forest partnered with Nez Perce Tribe to restore steams, improve water quality, and enhance fish habitat in the South Fork Salmon River subbasin and Dollar Creek.  Read the entire story.

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Bridger-Teton National Forest

Blackrock Field Camp 2017

Photo of several youth standing near a bear education trailer and tables with furs.Blackrock Field Camp (BFC) is an outdoor education program for 4th grade students from the Wind River Reservation. This year marks the second year of BFC. The focus is outdoor education, ethics, and natural science. The intent is to pass on a legacy of respect, interest, and appreciation for the natural world, and to make kids aware of their public land resources they collectively own. Read the entire story.

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Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Using beavers as a restoration tool within the Greater Yellowstone Area: The GYCC completes its Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool

image of a beaver at waters edge.The Greater Yellowstone BRAT was finalized in late 2019 and provides benefits to multiple states and federal agencies. Both private and public entities can use it to identify areas where the existence of beavers make sense in our modern world.  Read the entire article.

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Dixie National Forest

Donated Trees Revive Dixie National Forest

Photo of a non treated area that shows burned trees.Partners have helped the Dixie National Forest in restoring disturbed areas over the past few years. Read the entire article.

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Fishlake National Forest

Fishlake National Forest & Boulder Mountain Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project

Mountain side covered with dense vegetationThe Beaver, Fillmore, Fremont River, and Richfield Ranger Districts of the Fishlake National Forest worked together to design a landscape scale project to remove encroaching pinyon and juniper trees in effort to improve wildlife habitat across the Fishlake National Forest. Read the entire article.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Meet Brutus: A Blast from the Past

Black and white photo of a fire engine

Brutus is a 62-year-old International B-160 Harvester Model 56 Fire Engine who, though since retired from operational service, still has a propensity for supporting the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.



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Payette National Forest

Sediment, Salmon and Steelhead: A History of South Fork Salmon River Monitoring

Photo of a portion of a river with steep banks.This story map was created as a form of public outreach for the Payette National Forest fisheries department. Its intended purpose is to tell an important story about the history of management of the South Fork Salmon River. Read the entire story.

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Salmon-Challis National Forest

2018 Salmon-Challis National Forest Crosscut Saw Program Annual Report

Fire staff watching while two people sawyer a tree.The Salmon-Challis National Forest experiences some great successes in 2018 with the Crosscut Bow Program. Read about their accomplishments.

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Sawtooth National Forest

2017 4th Grade Field Trip

Photo of a group of kids posing for a photo in front of a Forest Service Fire Engine.For the third consecutive year, the Fairfield Ranger District in the Sawtooth National Forest, hosted Missy Doramus’ fourth-grade class from Camas County Elementary School. Read the entire article.

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Bat Survey Conducted to Protect Species

Photo of a group of bats resting while hanging from the ceiling of a cave.The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are conducting an annual survey of the Townsend’s big-eared bat population in Logan Cave. The goal of the agencies is to maintain a healthy population of the species, which is the primary bat species that occupies the cave. Read the entire story.


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