Forest Legacy Program in Montana

The Forest Legacy Program is a successful “working forest” conservation program built upon federal, state, and private partnerships. This video provides an overview of the program’s national accomplishments while highlighting a conservation easement project near Whitefish, Montana.  The project protects a community’s watershed, provides for local timber jobs and secures public access while keeping private land in private hands.  Text to video available.


Forest Service Partners with U of M to Prepare Students for Careers in High Tech

The Forest Service’s Northern Region and the University of Montana have teamed up to create a program that helps prepare college students for careers in the high tech industry. This spring, three students are graduating with skills they developed in part through an agreement between the Northern Region and the University.

Healthy Forests Take a Concerted Effort

Invasive species wreak havoc with natural ecosystems. One of the first invasives that affected forests in the northern Rockies was white pine blister rust. This fungus attacks and kills all of our 5-needle or soft pines. Massive efforts took place in the early and mid-twentieth century to suppress this disease by controlling Ribes (gooseberries and currants). At its peak, over 10,000 workers came from all over the country to be part of this effort.

Idaho Panhandle Employee Recognized for 60 Years of Service

Participants in a Regional Trust Fund training held at the Idaho Panhandle National Forests Supervisor's Office had a surprise visit from Chief Tidwell on March 8. In addition to speaking to participants on the importance of understanding trust funds and acknowledging all the work that employees complete safely, Chief Tidwell took time to personally thank Dave Faulkner, Contracting Officer, for his "outstanding career" on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.

2017 Capitol Christmas Tree

Beauty of the Big Sky - The Kootenai National Forest will provide the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree slated for the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.  The Forest Service has been supplying the Capitol Christmas tree for decades.  Now it is Montana’s turn to shine by showing the nation, once again, that we grow the best, the biggest, and the most beautiful trees.  The 60 – 85 foot tall tree will be harvested in November and trucked to Washington DC. 

Winter Trails Day on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

On January 7th, a National Winter Trails-Family Fun Day was held in partnership with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Beaverhead Trails Coalition, Pioneer Mountain Education Foundation, and Elkhorn Hot Springs Resort. Roughly forty people from the surrounding area strapped on snowshoes and enjoyed a round of fox and geese (snow tag), learned about snow science, and observed winter wildlife tracks in the snow.  After some hot cocoa and treats in the cabin, most participants enjoyed a soak in the hot springs.

Forest Service leaders travel to Helena

Regional Forester Leanne Marten and Flathead Forest Supervisor Chip Weber traveled to Helena to testify before the Montana Legislature's Joint Committee on Appropriations and participated in the Montana Outfitters and Guides Annaual Winter Convention.

Regional Foresters Attend 2016 Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership

Regional Forester Leanne Marten and Nora Rasure, her counterpart from the Intermountain Region, addressed the Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership this week in Boise, ID. A statewide coalition of collaborative groups, the partnership hosts an annual workshop to foster an exchange of ideas, challenges and successes among the groups. This years workshop entitled "Facing the Fire: New Tools and Science for Resilient Rorests" inspired robust interaction on the insect and disease designations and Good Neighbor Authority from the 2014 Farm Bill, Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration projects, and the latest science on the magnitude of restoration needs and considerations for post-fire management options. 

2014 Farm Bill: Insect & Disease Infestation

The Northern (Region 1) and Intermountain (Region 4) Regions of the Forest Service are moving quickly and diligently to implement the Insect & Disease. The nation's forests are experiencing larger and more frequent insect and disease outbreaks, as well as increased length and severity of fire seasons as a result of climate change. By focusing on stemming insect and disease outbreaks and creating forests that are more resilient to future changes in climate, we can better protect the many benefits our nation's forests provide, such as drinking water and recreation opportunities for citizens, wildlife habitat for hundreds of species, forest products, carbon sequestration and many others.

Avalanche Awareness

Avalanches kill more people on national forests than any other natural hazard. The best way to stay safe is to know the conditions, get the training, carry rescue gear, and stay out of harm's way.

Backcountry terrain is neither patrolled nor controlled by professionals, so if you're planning on going 'out back' or 'off the edge', it’s important to be well trained in avalanche safety.

Partnerships are Key to Successful Land Management

In Region 1, the Forest Service works with many different partners. These partners help us to further our mission of caring for the land and serving people. Click here to learn more about partnerships, and to see if one may be a right fit for you and/or your organization. If so, contact our Regional Partnership Coordinator for more details.

2013 Northern Region Year in Review

The Northern Region’s 2013 Year in Review highlights a wide range of feature articles, information and photos that showcase national programs and priorities at work on the ground here in the Northern Rockies. This overview features numerous partnership and collaborative projects and national emphasis programs that have taken hold and are growing in scope each year in the Region.

The Review features write-ups and photos about individual projects at the district and forest level, as well as national initiatives and program accomplishments that cross management and state boundaries. The contents highlight how these efforts improve forest health, revitalize resilient landscapes and restore watershed functions in projects whose impacts literally span coast to coast.

Why Watersheds?

Most all of the work we perform on national forest system lands is based around watersheds and waterways. So why aren’t we the US Water Service? While the agency was established as the Forest Service in 1905, the stage for the water-based focus stems from the 1897 Organic Act. This Act clearly identifies the objective of forest management: "to improve and protect the forest within the reservation, or for securing favorable conditions of water flows, and to furnish a continuous supply of timber for the use and necessities of citizens of the United States." Read More about “Why Watersheds?”

Plan ahead for commercial filming permits

National Forests and Grasslands around the country can provide an excellent backdrop for a filmmaker seeking a natural setting for their film or television production. The Northern Region of the Forest Service asks that anyone interested in producing a film for anything other than personal use to first contact the Forest Service at least two weeks in advance of the anticipated filming.

Collaboration brings together multiple perspectives

There are about 15 million acres of National Forest System lands in the State of Montana offering unique landscapes for individuals and families in which to enjoy the outdoors as well as places where many earn their living.  Forest Service lands are public lands. People take a keen interest in public lands.  Collaborative groups often spring up around a specific forest or a bundle of similar issues.  While the members of a collaborative group may have their individual reasons for being interested and involved, as a group, the collective members share a mutual vision. 

Products from our forests keep lands healthy

The private and national forests in Montana and Idaho supply raw materials for many products.  National Forest Products Week reminds us of the role National Forests play locally and nationally.  Our forests, and the products and values they provide, sustain us and our neighbors from multiple perspectives.  The responsible growth, harvest, and manufacture of renewable materials keeps our forests healthy.  National Forest Products Week celebrates our forests’ contributions to all aspects of our lives.  In addition to providing a diverse array of forest products, the forest industry is vital to assisting all in achieving national forest management goals.  Here’s a look at several of the events in 2016.

Draft Highway 12 Corridor Report Released

The Draft Highway 12 Corridor Report entitled the Perceived Values of the Middle Fork Clearwater and Lochsa River Corridor Potentially Affected by Certain Over-Legal Truck Traffic prepared by the US Forest Service, Northern Region in November 2013, is now available.