Working Together

 The Forest Service works closely with individuals and groups to further its conservation work. Whether through special agreements, laws that set up advisory committees, or grant opportunities, the Forest Service has many ways to enlist the help of citizens for the good of the national forests.


Lolo Watershed Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Rock Creek looking upstreamA stand of larch trees in the fall between a lake and mountains.Close-up of a Bull Trout Under water.


Our changing climate presents both challenges and opportunities for forest managers and the public alike.  Managing for climate change is inherently uncertain and requires a shift in thinking because we cannot assume the persistence of existing conditions. With over two million acres of varied landscape providing diverse vegetation, wildlife habitat, water resources, and recreational opportunities, the Lolo National Forest seeks to proactively understand potential impacts from climate change to better manage its outstanding natural resources and maintain maximum ecosystem resiliency.

This report, Lolo Watershed Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, was completed in partnership between the Clark Fork Coalition and addresses how climate change could impact three Forest resources – aquatics (bull trout and pearlshell mussel), water supply, and infrastructure (i.e. recreation areas, trails, and roads). The report offers a framework to help guide future land management decisions with regards to maintaining resilient watersheds.  Managers can use assessment results in numerous ways, including project prioritization for risk reduction, restoration emphasis, short and long-term strategies, identification of data needs, development of monitoring programs, education and outreach opportunities, among others. 

Lolo Watershed Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Northern Rockies Climate Change Primer


Biologists, Students Team Up to Save Trout on Ninemile District

Shocking Sixmile Ditch

Each fall since 2007, local high school science students have spent a day working with Lolo National Forest biologists to save trout stranded in an irrigation ditch on Sixmile Creek on the Ninemile Ranger District. The stranded fish include westslope cutthroat trout, listed as a Species of Special Concern in Montana. More...



Ninemile Ranger District Hosts Third Annual Fun Run to Connect Youth to Public Lands

Family Fun Run Smokey at the Finish

For the third year the Lolo National Forest’s Ninemile Ranger District sponsored a 1k and 2k family fun run at the District’s Grand Menard Picnic Area to connect youth to their public lands. More>