Discover the Northern Region

Do you love hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, kayaking, or other adventures in the outdoors? The U.S. Forest Service Northern Region encompasses 25 million acres of land in which to experience nature at its finest. Our 12 national forests are spread over 5 states, including the perimeter of northeastern Washington, northern Idaho, and Montana; and the National Grasslands in North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota. We have 15 wilderness areas, five National Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Continental Divide National Scenic TrailNez Perce National Historic TrailNorth Country National Scenic Trail, and 2,539 miles of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and more. Come visit to experience the best of your public lands!




Great American Outdoors Act Virtual Listening Opportunity

Compass on a bed of moss with yellow fall leaves laying nearby.

The Forest Service is inviting public feedback on a proposed list of deferred maintenance projects selected for Great American Outdoors Act funding in fiscal year 2022. Projects funded by GAOA will enable federal land managers to take aggressive steps to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forests and grasslands. Your feedback is requested by Nov. 30, 2020.

Forest Legacy Program in Montana

Forest Legacy Montana

The Forest Legacy Program is a successful “working forest” conservation program built upon federal, state, and private partnerships. This video provides an overview of the program’s national accomplishments while highlighting a conservation easement project near Whitefish, Montana.  The project protects a community’s watershed, provides for local timber jobs and secures public access while keeping private land in private hands.  Text to video available.


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2018 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 2018.

Comments on Greater Sage-Grouse Plans Received and Summarized

Photograph of a greater sage grouse

Regions 1, 2, and 4 of the Forests Service incorporated standards and guidelines for the conservation of greater sage-grouse into forest plans in 2015.

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.