Land & Resource Management

View of Thomas LakesOur mission is to lead in the conservation and wise use of the nation’s forests and grasslands. To carry out this mission, the US Forest Service is organized into three areas: the National Forest System, Research, and State and Private Forestry. 

As part of the National Forest System, the Rocky Mountain Region enjoys a proud heritage in the Forest Service. Wyoming's Shoshone National Forest and Colorado's White River National Forest are among the first National Forests Congress proclaimed, carved from the original Forest Reserves. These and other Forests and Grasslands continue to hold in trust America's resources- timber, wildlife, water, range, recreation - to ensure their availability today and tomorrow.


Species Conservation Program

Rocky Mountain Thistle by Dennis Garrison

The Rocky Mountain Region has produced species conservation assessments for more than 200 featured plants and animals, as well as ecological assessments for terrestrial and aquatic/riparian/wetland ecosystems. The list of sensitive species designated by the Regional Forester can also be found on this website.

Wildlife, Fish & Rare Plants

Spotted Owl by Cheryl Carrothers

Learn about the Rocky Mountain Region's Wildlife Program, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology Program, Species Conservation Project, and Botany Program.


Land Ownership and Boundary Adjustment

Vintage Photograph of Land Surveyor

In any given year the Forest Service disposes of or acquires lands through the process of land exchanges or purchases with private parties, States or other agencies.

Timber Management

Trappers Lake with Mountains

The Rocky Mountain Region prepares and administers timber sale contracts to meet multiple use objectives.


Colorado Ditch Bill Act

Colorado Ditch

The Colorado Ditch Bill Act (Public Law 99-545) directs the USDA Forest Service to issue permanent easements across National Forest System lands to those who meet the criteria established in the Ac...