Nature & Science

The White River National Forest is open to anyone, but how much do you really know about the plants, animals, and other natural features of the area?

Find out more about the physical, biological and ecological aspects of the central Rockies that make the area unique. The spectacular landscape of the forest was shaped by continental and alpine glaciers. Valleys were carved out and lakes left behind. This created the land that early American Indians inhabited, and Eastern settlers viewed in awe.

Meet Scientists at Rocky Mountain Research Center in Videos on Forest Service Youtube Channel:

National Wildlife Program

The National Wildlife Program assists field biologists in attaining the Chief's wildlife priorities and manage wildlife habitat resources from a healthy ecosystem perspective.

Wildlife Ecology Unit

The Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Unit is part of the Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, and Rare Plants staff of the USDA Forest Service. Wildlife ecologists at national and regional levels develop or disseminate much of the technical information used by the Forest Service for managing animal habitats within the National Forest system.

Minerals & Geology

The programs that help facilitate the energy, mineral and geologic activities that take place within your national forests.


Fish includes the National Fisheries Program and the National Fish & Aquatic Ecology Unit.

Heritage Resources

Purpose of the Heritage Program: To protect significant heritage resources, to share their values with the American people, and to contribute relevant information and perspectives to natural resource management.

Endangered Species

Endangered species on National Forest System lands are managed under the National Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive Species (TES) Program, and is supported by the National Botanical Ecology Unit, National Wildlife Ecology Unit, and National Fish & Aquatic Ecology Unit.


The Rocky Mountain Research Station supports our natural resource programs through research and development of state-of-the-art management tools

Air Quality

Air includes the areas of air quality and meteorology. The Air Resources program assists field specialists in attaining the Chief's air priorities and manage resources from a healthy ecosystem perspective.