Land & Resource Management

Lost Lakes Peak, Medicine Bow-Routt NF.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.


Each National Forest and Grassland is governed by a management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). These plans set management, protection, and use goals and guidelines. Monitoring conditions on a Forest or Grassland ensures projects follow plan direction and determines effects that might require management change.


Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process (EIS, EA, or CE) that involves analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action, requires public notice and comment, may be subject to an administrative review process, and results in a NEPA decision (ROD, DN, or DM) and is implemented on the ground. Follow this link to see all Rocky Mountain Region NEPA projects.

Resource Management

Read about specific natural resource program areas such as  restoration, genetics, botany, fish, timber, wildlife, invasive species and Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER).

Geospatial Data

Digital data is available at the USDA Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse. Here you will find an online collection of digital data related to forest resources. Through the Clearinghouse you can find datasets related to forests and grasslands, including boundaries and ownership, natural resources, roads and trails, as well as datasets related to State and private forested areas, including insect and disease threat and surface water importance. You can also find downloadable map products, raster data, and links to other sources of forest resource information.


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...