Discover the Northern Region

A Diverse Landscape Awaits

From the steepest mountains to the rolling prairies, and from grizzly bears to bison herds, adventure beckons!

Visit your Northern Region Forests and Grasslands

The Northern Region manages 25 million acres of public lands across 5 states. Our 12 National Forests spread across North Idaho, Montana, and a sliver of northeastern Washington. The 4 National Grasslands of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands are in North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota. Come experience the best of your public lands!

  • Great American Outdoors Act in the Northern Region

    Looking out the windows of a firelookout at snow dusted peaks beyond.

    The Great American Outdoors Act gave the USDA Forest Service new opportunities to deliver benefits to the American public through major investments in recreation infrastructure, public lands access, and land and water conservation. These investments will contribute to economic growth and job creation in rural America. GAOA provides permanent full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and will help to address the deferred maintenance backlog from 2021 to 2025.

  • Rent a Room with a View

    The Northern Region is home to rental cabins and lookouts across Montana and Northern Idaho.  Which one will you visit next?

  • Work With Us

    There’s so much you can do in a Forest Service career! Our extraordinary diversity of occupations and locations makes it easy to find a position to suit your talents.

  • Recreation Passes

    Interagency recreation passes provide access to recreation sites managed by a number of Federal agencies.

  • Shared Stewardship in the Northern Region

    Shared Stewardship is an invitation to States, Tribes, local governments, partners and stakeholders to set landscape-scale priorities, leverage resources, and work across boundaries to improve forest and watershed conditions, and protect communities. Learn about efforts in the Northern Region to work more deliberately with our neighbors and partners to expand forest restoration and treatments across boundaries, resulting in a more resilient landscape.