Land & Resource Management

Fall colors on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

The national forests and grasslands were established to protect the land, secure favorable waterflows, and provide a sustainable supply of goods and services. Managing the natural resources of the Nation’s forests and grasslands requires the complex integration of resource assessments, management actions, and cooperative partnerships. The agency integrates environmental, social, and economic issues and values into its management decisions and actions while accounting for future as well as present needs.

Northern Region 2017 Post-Fire Restoration and Response

In 2017, the residents of Montana and north Idaho underwent an intense and challenging fire season that had significant impacts on the many communities we serve. Visit this page to learn more about what the Northern Region is doing to address post-fire risks, needs and opportunities for the benefit of our forests and communities.

Forest and Grassland Planning

  • The Land and Resource Management Plan, commonly called the Forest or Grassland Plan, guides the stewardship of national forests and grasslands. Several units in the Northern Region are in the process of updating their plans and want your input. Find out how you can get involved!

Travel Management

  • Achieving a financially and ecologically sustainable road system.

Inventoried Roadless Areas and Other Unroaded Areas

  • Inventoried roadless areas constitute roughly one-third of all National Forest System lands, or approximately 58.5 million acres. Although the inventoried roadless areas comprise only 2% of the land base in the continental United States, they are found within 661 of the over 2,000 major watersheds in the nation and provide many social and ecological benefits.