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.


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.