Welcome to the Northern Region! 

  

 

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.

Features

Avalanche Awareness

Avalanches kill more people on national forests than any other natural hazard. The best way to stay safe is to know the conditions, get the training, carry rescue gear, and stay out of harm's way.

Backcountry terrain is neither patrolled nor controlled by professionals, so if you're planning on going 'out back' or 'off the edge', it’s important to be well trained in avalanche safety.


Collaboration brings together multiple perspectives

There are about 15 million acres of National Forest System lands in the State of Montana offering unique landscapes for individuals and families in which to enjoy the outdoors as well as places where many earn their living.  Forest Service lands are public lands. People take a keen interest in public lands.  Collaborative groups often spring up around a specific forest or a bundle of similar issues.  While the members of a collaborative group may have their individual reasons for being interested and involved, as a group, the collective members share a mutual vision. 


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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.

  • Camping Stay Limit - MT, ND, SD Link opens in a Pdf Document
  • News on Twitter

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