Working Together

Managing a national forest as large and varied as the Flathead National Forest requires the efforts of not only dedicated employees, but a great many partners and volunteers who contribute greatly to the successful management of forest resources.

Our partners help maintain recreation sites and trails, reduce hazardous fuels, restore watersheds, monitor wildlife populations, improve wildlife and fisheries habitat, inventory and monitor archeological and historic sites, provide input to proposed management activities, conduct conservation education programs, and respond to emergency incidents.

Our partners include a number of federal agencies, tribes, State of Montana, conservation organizations, universities, public entities and private citizens. Their assistance is provided through a number of avenues including various grants, partnerships, and volunteer efforts.


2017 Holland Lake Land Acquisition

Holland Lake with the Mission Mountains in the background.

In August 2017 a 640-acre parcel in the Swan Valley near Holland Lake was acquired in a partnership between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the landowners, and the U.S. Forest Service. This parcel adds to previous land acquisitions in the area, helping to protect critical wildlife habitat and undeveloped land in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.