Resource Management

Bald Mountain Overlook on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway in Kamas, Utah. An important part of the Forest Service mission is "protecting and managing the national forests and grasslands so they best demonstrate the sustainable multiple-use management concept."

In other words, Intermountain Region is charged with managing natural resources in a way that best serves the multiple needs of a growing nation. The agency was established to ensure a renewable supply of timber and a steady source of clean water and minerals.

The Forest Service does not "own" the natural resources. Instead, the agency serves as caretaker for the real owners...the people of the United States.

What is groundwater?

Photo of a pond in some conifers.A GDE, or Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem is defined as a community of plants, animals, and other organisms whose extent and life processes are dependent on access to or discharge of groundwater.  Groundwater, which is in aquifers below the surface of the Earth, is one of the Nation's most important natural resources. Read the entire article.


Don't Bust the Biological Soil Crust

Biological soil crusts fill in soil spaces not occupied by plants.

Preserving and Restoring an Important Desert Resource

Biological soil crusts are a complex of microscopic organisms growing on the soil surface in many arid and semi-arid ecosystems. These crusts perform the important role of stabilizing soil and reducing or eliminating water and wind erosion. Recovery times for biological soil crusts are highly variable, and depend largely on the timing of disturbance and amount of moisture, with moisture hastening recolonization of crust organisms.


The Lands program secures and protects the American public’s rights, title, value, and interests in its national forests and grasslands and authorizes a variety of uses on those lands to meet the needs of present and future generations. 


Aquatic and Riparian Restoration 2015 Annual Report

Photo of a crisp clear creek running with boulders and vegetation on the sides of it.

The Intermountain Region either enhanced or restored 327 miles of stream habitat and 3,711 acres of lake habitat . This annual report features selected projects on each Forest in the Region.