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Photo of a pack string walking on a trail through the sagebrush and grasses. Regional Intermountain Newsletter. Photo of a person hiking along the Continental Divide Trail. Screenshot of the video looking into the green leaves of the tall trees.

 

Ranger of the Year: Jay Pence

Photo of a ranger loading panniers on the back of a mule.Jay Pence, Teton Basin District Ranger, was honored as the 2017 Ranger of the Year for the Intermountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service. The Teton Basin Ranger District is located in Driggs, Idaho and is part of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, which extends across southeastern Idaho and is bordered by Montana, Utah and Wyoming. Read the entire article.

Forest Plan Revision - How are we revising plans?

Forest Plan Revision.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.

Intermountain Region News

 

Features

Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series

Research and Development

The monthly webinars are scheduled for every second Wednesday of the month from 11:00-12:15 MDT. The next webinar is scheduled for May 9, 2018.

The Forest Service's Urban Forest Connections webinar series brings experts together to discuss the latest science, practice, and policy on urban forestry and the environment. These webinars are open to all. Past webinar presentations and recordings are available on the Research and Development website.

This webinar series is presented by the Forest Service's National Urban Forest Technology & Science Delivery TeamSign up to be placed on the mailing list.

Comments on Greater Sage-Grouse Plans Received and Summarized

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The Northern, Intermountain, and Rocky Mountain Regions of the Forests Service incorporated standards and guidelines for the conservation of greater sage-grouse into forest plans in 2015. As plans have been implemented, potential inefficiencies and difficulties have been identified. To thoroughly and transparently explore the effectiveness of the plans, the Forests Service asked for comments from the public during a comment period which ran from November 21, 2017 to January 19, 2018. The comments received have been summarized into a report that is available online.

View the latest news about the Forest Service’s Greater Sage-Grouse conservation efforts.

Spotlights

Forest Fact Sheets

Fact sheets for each forest in the Intermountain Region are now available on our web site.  These provide information on landscape, features, visitors, land ownership, wilderness, etc.

Intermountain Region Strategic Framework

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This framework helps to understand key issues, challenges, influences, and opportunities facing the Intermountain Region in order to set Regional direction for the next four years.

 




Bighorn Sheep Management Framework and Assessments

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Framework and assessment is a protocol for evaluating summer bighorn sheep habitats. Bighorn Sheep Risk of Contact Tool User Guide

Forest Service Outreach Database

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Use the Forest Service Outreach Database to search for up-coming job announcement and current job opportunities. Access the database to explore opportunities today.