Lookout Volunteers get Training on how to be Fire Lookouts A photograph of autumn colors in the Tenderfoot Creek Country of the Lewis and Clark National Forest Backcountry Horsemen work on a Bitteroot National Forest Turnpike A YCC Crew washes fire lookout windows on the Kootenai National Forest A snowmobile and ski trail groomer. Montana Conservation Corps members pose near a landslide they cleared on the Bitterroot National Forest State and Forest Service staff travel down the Smith River in Rafts on a yearly work trip A YCC Crew stands by the Little Missouri River Grasslands Sign Volunteers and kids put up a teepee Silver Crest Ski Area Sign Runners participating in a race


Welcome to the Region 1 Partnership Page!

Here in Region 1, the Forest Service works with many different partners. These partners help us to further our mission of caring for the land and serving people.

This site is designed to help you understand what a partnership is, how to create one, sustain one, or nurture current partnerships.

Partnerships come in all sizes and ‘flavors’. They can include grants and agreements, memoranda of agreements, volunteer and youth programs, conservation education activities, and many more. These partnerships allow us to work with our local communities to reach common goals. The main ingredients are mutual interest and benefit.

Region 1 has hundreds of partnerships through our four state region (Montana, Northern Idaho, North Dakota, and Northwest South Dakota).

Look over the links on the right side of this page and learn more about partnerships. See if one may be a right fit for you and/or your organization. If so, contact our Regional Partnership Coordinator for more details.


Northern Region Partners

Partners like MCC work on trails, buildings, and more

Partnerships are vital to the successful management of National Forests and Grasslands.  The Regional Office has many partners that help in its role to support our Forests and Grasslands.  Click here to visit the Regional partners!

Tenderfoot Creek Area Land Acquisition

Photograph of aspen in the autumn in the Tenderfoot Creek Valley on the Lewis & Clark NF

A partnership between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Tenderfoot Trust, and the U.S. Forest Service was formed to facilitate and fund the acquisition of 8,221 acres of land, owned by the Bair Ranch Foundation, in the Tenderfoot Creek watershed near the Smith River, and within the boundaries of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. This land acquisition will protect key habitat for deer, elk and other species, as well as provide additional public lands on which people can recreate and hunt. The project was completed in 2015. Click here for maps and more information about this project.

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Tenderfoot Celebration

Department of Agriculture undersecretary Robert Bonnie giving speech at Tenderfoot Celebration

The USDA Forest Service and partners held a celebration at the Montana Capitol to mark the Tenderfoot land acquisition. Over 8,000 acres were added to the Lewis & Clark National Forest.