Welcome to the Northern Region! 

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Visit the Northern Region

The U.S. Forest Service Northern Region encompasses 25 million acres and is spread over 5 states. Included are 12 National Forests located within the perimeter of northeastern Washington, northern Idaho, and Montana; and the National Grasslands in North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota.

As a place for individuals and families to enjoy the outdoors, the Northern Region's public lands offer hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, kayaking, and countless other adventures. These very special areas protected from development offer the ability to escape the crowds of the city and encounter nature at its best - to experience the solitude and challenges of wildlands.

We invite you to explore the Northern Region's 15 congressionally designated wilderness areas, five National Wild and Scenic Rivers, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, Nez Perce National Historic Trail, North Country National Scenic Trail, the 2,539 miles of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and much more.

Recent News


Features

Lolo Pass is a Winter Wonderland

Lolo Pass Visitor Center covered in snow

The Lolo Pass Visitor Center is a winter wonderland of activity right now.   With close to sixty inches of snow on the ground, we have something for everyone.  Our marked snowshoe trail provides some amazing views on those clear sunny days and we feature over eight miles of groomed ski trails for both classic and skate skiers. For the snowmobilers, hundreds of miles of groomed trails can be accessed from our parking lot.


Winter Trails Day on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Group of children snowshoe through deep snow at Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF

On January 7th, a National Winter Trails-Family Fun Day was held in partnership with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Beaverhead Trails Coalition, Pioneer Mountain Education Foundation, and Elkhorn Hot Springs Resort. Roughly forty people from the surrounding area strapped on snowshoes and enjoyed a round of fox and geese (snow tag), learned about snow science, and observed winter wildlife tracks in the snow.  After some hot cocoa and treats in the cabin, most participants enjoyed a soak in the hot springs.


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Spotlights

2016 Regional Forester Awards

Leanne Marten, Regional Forester for the Northern Region, recognizes employees and partners for their outstanding contributions to the work of the Forest Service in 2016.

Highway 12 Corridor Report

Picture of the Lochsa River and Highway 12, looking south

The report Values of the Middle Fork Clearwater and Lochsa River Corridor Potentially Affected by Certain Over-Legal Truck Traffic is available for reading and download.


Highlights

  • Forest Plans Amendments Proposed Action

    Amendment to incorporate relevant direction from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy into the forest plans for the Helena, Kootenai, Lewis and Clark, and Lolo National Forests:

    The Forest Service published the draft amendments and draft EIS on May 27, 2016. The 120 day comment period begins on June 3rd. More information about how to comment and documents can be found on the Forest Plan Amendments page.

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