About 60 million Americans rely on drinking water that originates on the national forests and grasslands.
Employee Volunteer Efforts
This week the Intermountain Region is recognizing some of the great volunteer work performed by U.S. Forest Service employees in their local communities. Join us each day to learn how these federal employees are contributing as local residents.
This year we celebrate National Arbor Day on April 28. A special day set aside for tree planting, Arbor Day was first observed in Nebraska in 1872 with the planting of more than a million trees. It expanded to the rest of the country in 1882 and since then communities around the U.S. have celebrated trees on the last Friday in April. If your community has a special Arbor Day celebration, it may be a Tree City USA. In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters, the Arbor Day Foundation provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees through the Tree City USA program. More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day. Tree City USA is a popular program in the Intermountain Region with 87 communities achieving this status in Utah, 11 communities in Nevada, 68 communities in Idaho, and 41 communities in Wyoming. Is your town one of them?
Find out more about Arbor Day and how you can celebrate in your community from the Arbor Day Foundation.
Nature High Summer Camp
Nature High Summer Camp is recruiting Utah High School students to attend the week-long camp to learn about natural resource work. Nature High Summer Camp is an amazing experience for students who are interested in land management jobs, or who enjoy the great outdoors! Students spend a week in the forest learning about “A day in the life of” resource professionals. They learn to core trees, electro-fish, study forest insects, learn about fire and other natural resource issues. They will leave with a better understanding of public land management and opportunities for careers. They also get to do ropes course, games, and a star party on the top of the mountain. See the attached brochure for details or visit the website to apply.
Bears Ears National Monument
President Obama designated the Bears Ears National Monument, protecting sacred sites, spectacular scenery and important natural and cultural resources in the desert landscape of southeastern Utah. In coordination with the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service is committed to collaborating with state and local governments, tribal nations and individuals in developing a plan for the management of the monument. The Forest Service is involved in the Bears Ears National Monument because approximately 289,000 acres of the Manti-La Sal National Forest lies within the monument boundary. Visit the Bears Ears National Monument web page for a map and specific facts about the the area.
The National Forest Management Act of 1976 requires forest plans to be revised at least every 15 years. Congress waived the 15 year requirement as long as the Department demonstrates progress with revision. Of the 17 plans in Region 4, eight have been revised, and nine are original. The Intermountain Region currently has two forests working on plan revisions and five that will begin before 2021. Learn more about Forest Plan Revision and how you can get involved.
The Forest Service has announced the publication of a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Final Environmental Impact Statements and Draft Records of Decision for the TransWest Express and Energy Gateway South Transmission Projects. The NOA will be published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017.
Read the Briefing Paper.
Read the News Release.