Land & Resources Management

Forest Plan Revision

A four-year process launching in Jan. 2016, the Forest Plan is the comprehensive overarching document that guides forest management, use, and protection providing broad direction, standards and guidelines for the Custer Gallatin National Forest for years to come.

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Planning Documents provide a framework for actions affecting the Custer Gallatin National Forest.




Public Involvement and Projects

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Various projects and accompanying documents describing proposed, in-progress, and finished projects on the Custer Gallatin National Forest.  Project are posted for public involvment, review and information.




Resource Management

Inventory & Monitoring



Burning TreesThe Custer Gallatin National Forest utilizes fire prevention, wildland fire management, and hazardous fuels management as core elements of its fire program. 

Fire Management on the Forest uses a variety of elements to educate the public, suppress and control wildfires, and benefit ecosystems through prescribed burns and hazardous fuels reduction projects.  Here you will find information on our Fire Management Zones, Rappel Crew, and Smoke Jumpers, as well as Homeowner Safety, and fire employment resources.




Fish along Lake Plateau The 3.1 million acre Custer Gallatin National Forest encompasses a variety of watershed resources from warm intermittent prairie streams to cold, high elevation lakes and creeks draining Montana’s highest mountain peaks.  The broad array of habitats supports a diverse array of species including lichens, spadefoots, and cutthroat trout.

From over 3000 miles of streams and rivers to more than 300 high mountain lakes and several prairie reservoirs the Custer Gallatin National Forest watersheds provide municipal water supplies and support many recreational activities.

As part of maintaining high functioning watersheds the productivity of the forest soils, along with air and water quality is a priority.  It is the basis of vibrant habitats, healthy communities and world-class recreational opportunities.

Indeed, many of the resources we manage are iconic internationally, such as the trout fisheries in the Yellowstone, Madison, and Gallatin Rivers.  We are privileged to live and work here, and look forward to working with you in managing your national forest watersheds!


Abandoned MineInformation on the Emigrant and Crevice Potential Mineral Withdrawal, New World Mine, Unpatented Mining Claims, Geology of the Beartooth and Pryor Mountains, Prospecting, Glaciers, and more.






Scenic hike Absaroka - Beartooth WildernessThe Custer Gallatin National Forest encompasses portions of two large wilderness areas, the Lee Metcalf and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.  Together these two areas preserve nearly 1.2 million acres of the American west.


Key Contacts

Forest Plan Revision

Team Leader: 

Virginia Kelly, 406-587-6704

FPR Public Affairs

Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan,



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