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.


Bighorn Sheep Management Framework and Assessments

Photo of a ram standing out in the grass and sagebrush.

The objective of this framework is to establish a protocol for evaluating the status of summer bighorn sheep habitats. A forest’s ability to provide habitat that can support persistent bighorn sheep populations is assessed by evaluating where there is potential contact between bighorn sheep and domestic sheep. The data and analysis are used to inform management decisions regarding domestic sheep operations. Individual reports summarizing the results will be prepared for Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nevada. Bighorn Sheep Risk of Contact Tool User Guide

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.

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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.