Plants & Animals

Monarch butterfly photo by Jay Martin. Lynx photo by Mark Bell. Mountain goat peeking around a rock, photo by Tom Kogut.Inland Redband fish in the Upper Yaak river, by Pat Clayton, Fish Eye Guy.Goshawk photo by Wendy Magwire.


From elk herds roaming the forested mountains of Idaho and Montana to antelope racing across the Dakota plains, the Northern Region of the Forest Service is home to a magnificent wildlife and fish resource. Chinook salmon, grizzly bears, northern grey wolves, bald eagles and over 600 other kinds of fish and wildlife thrive here.

There is no place like this vast unspoiled country where wildlife is so diverse and so easily found. It's a great place to watch or photograph animals, large and small. Bighorn sheep, songbirds, moose and prairie dogs are not limited to zoos and refuges. They live everywhere and are part of everyday life.

Some of the best hunting in North America is also found in the region. Each state carefully regulates hunting to ensure wildlife populations and quality recreation for future generations.

More stream miles criss-cross this region than any other in the lower 48 states. Names of famous blue ribbon trout streams like the St. Joe, Big Hole, and Madison roll off the lips of anglers like priceless jewels. Hundreds of lakes and reservoirs provide exceptional fishing as well.

People from everywhere know the Northern Region as a place of natural riches! For the state of Montana alone, its 9.8 million annual visitors represent 10 times Montana's resident population and account for 43,300 jobs, for an economic impact of $2.75 billion (2005 data from the Montana Challenge Report).



Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive Species Lists