Working Together

Managing a National Forest as large and diverse as the Manti-La Sal requires the efforts of not only dedicated employees, but also partners and volunteers who contribute greatly to the successful management of forest resources.

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

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.

The importance of working together to manage all the natural resources grows every year. Working with other federal, state, and local agencies, user groups, and organizations that want to be involved in public land management is critical to provide the setting and products available on the Forest. This section provides information about opportunities and means to work together!

What can our Partners and Volunteers do?

  • Assist with the maintenance of recreation sites and trails
  • Serve as campground hosts
  • Help 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
  • Respond to emergency incidents



Volunteering for the Forest Service is an excellent opportunity to harness your passion for the outdoors or explore your interest in a career in natural resources.

As a volunteer, you may work part-time or full-time, on one-time projects or throughout a season. Your time commitment is up to you.



Partnerships are at the core of how we do business.  We work with partners on almost every aspect of land management.



Are you a business person who would like to provide your products or services to the Forest Service? Forest Service contractors support a wide range of activities including housekeeping, fire and aviation support, construction, transportation, equipment leasing, special studies and analyses, information technology, management and administrative support. Learn more here.



Federal financial assistance through grants and cooperative agreements is available to Forest Service cooperators.


Advisory Committees

Citizens like you make up the Manti-La Sal National Forest's Resource Advisory Committee. Learn more about the committee’s roll in recommending projects to the Forest Service as part of Title II of the Secure Rural Schools Act. 


Tribal Relations

Federally recognized tribes have strong cultural relationships with lands now managed by the Manti-La Sal National Forest. These include the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Ute Mountain Ute, Southern Paiute, Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo of Zuni. These tribes have significant current and historical ties to the lands and resources within the National Forest. In addition, archeological and anthropological data and studies confirm that a number of Native People called the Forest home dating back to at least 12,000 years.