Welcome to the Dixie National Forest

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Welcome to the Dixie National Forest

Dixie National Forest straddles the divide between the Great Basin and the Colorado River in southern Utah. Scenery ranges from desert canyon gorges of amber, rose, and sienna to high mountain forests, plateaus, and alpine lakes. The forest is a part of the world-renowned landscapes of Southern Utah, it provides a backdrop and serves as a gateway to surrounding National Parks and Monuments. Nationally recognized highways and trails course through the forest and provide ready access to the distinctive natural highlights of the forest landscape. The Dixie is known for its scenery—from red rock canyons to high mountain plateaus. Scenic byways are major roads through this splendor that are suitable for passenger vehicles. Scenic backways are lower-standard roads that often require high-clearance vehicles or 4-wheel drive. Always check  conditions before you venture out and enjoy the Dixie National Forest. - Learn More


  • Resource Advisory Committee

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    One of the best ways to influence the care and use of our Forest Service lands is to join a Forest Service Resource Advisory Committee, also known as a RAC. We encourage all interested individuals to apply.

  • Pine Valley Landscape Priority Investment Project

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    USDA identified funding for the Pine Valley Landscape Priority Investment project on January 19, 2023. The project encompasses 250,000 acres in the Pine Valley Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest. There is another 150,000 acres of other ownership including private, state and other federal lands.

  • What is Prescribed Fire?

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    Learn more about planned, on-going and completed prescribed fire operations across the USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region.


Mud Springs Wildlife Habitat Improvement work continues

Jake Schoppe, Powell Ranger District Wildlife Biologist discusses the progress of the mastication work with the contractor on the Mud Springs Wildlife Habitat Improvement project in the Dixie National Forest’s Powell Ranger district. In October 2017 the Powell Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest released a scoping letter for the Mud Springs project located east of Red Canyon, north of Highway 12, the Decision Memo was signed in May 2018.

The purpose of this project is to improve wildlife habitat for a variety of species. To achieve their goal, Dixie National Forest biologists plan to modify the vegetation on approximately 29,921 acres in the Mud Springs Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project area, from a pinyon-juniper (PJ) dominated landscape to a seral state comprised of sagebrush, grasses, and forbs.

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Confronting the Wildfire Crisis

Wildland Fire Crisis Strategy Chart

The Forest Service has launched a robust, 10-year strategy to squarely address this wildfire crisis in the places where it poses the most immediate threats to communities. The strategy, called “Confronting the Wildfire Crisis: A Strategy for Protecting Communities and Improving Resilience in America’s Forests,” combines a historic investment of congressional funding with years of scientific research and planning into a national effort that will dramatically increase the scale of forest health treatments over the next decade.  - More -

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