About the Region

Where is the Intermountain Region

Map outline of the Region.The Intermountain Region of the Forest Service encompasses nearly 34-million acres of National Forest System land. The Intermountain Regional Office in Ogden, Utah provides administrative oversight and support to 12 National Forests which are located in Utah, Nevada, western Wyoming, southern and central Idaho, as well as one National Grassland in Idaho and the Rocky Mountain  Research Station in Colorado. The National Forest Supervisor's Offices are the headquarters for forest activities and provide oversight and support to the Ranger District offices within the forest boundaries.  Ranger Districts are the units that directly manage the national forests and grasslands. Types of management that occur on each district vary significantly. Some districts manage ski areas, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, and resource management programs and extensive recreational uses.

Four major geographic provinces come together to form the Intermountain West. They include the Great Basin, Colorado Plateau, Middle Rocky Mountains and the Northern Rocky Mountains. These provinces are the reason for the tremendous diversity of landscapes and ecosystems within the Intermountain Region.

Organization Overview

The Regional State and Private Forestry office in Ogden provides outreach and education to states and other partners in urban and community forestry, forest stewardship, and forest health programs. The Ogden and Boise Field Offices survey for insect and disease infestations.

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) is one of six research stations around the country. The RMRS headquarters is in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The Ogden Service Center of the RMRS provides support to research units in Logan, Ogden and Provo in Utah, Boise, Idaho and Reno, Nevada.

Find out more and "Meet the Forest Service."

The health of our forests and grasslands is an important focus that we take very seriously as we strive to succeed at Caring for the Land and Serving People.


The first forest reserves were created in 1891 and by 1905 they were placed under the Department of Agriculture and renamed the US Forest Service. Three years later in 1908, the Forest Service was divided into 6 administrative and geographic regions.