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.
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.
Beauty of the Big Sky - The Kootenai National Forest has been selected to provide the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree slated for the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The Forest Service has been supplying the Capitol Christmas tree for decades. Now it is Montana’s turn to show the nation, once again, that we grow the best, the biggest, and the most beautiful trees. The 60 – 85 foot tall tree will be harvested in November and trucked to Washington DC. You can help by making ornaments to adorn the tree.
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.