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Regional Intermountain Newsletter.Horse trail ride with five riders and one pack horse walking through a meadow towards mountains. Regional Forester Awards for 2018. A bald eagle holding a snowball in its talons while resting on a chunk of ice. Looking up in a grove of trees with orange fall colors.

 

Consequences of an Endless Summer: Untangling the Link Between Summer Precipitation and Western Wildfires

Fire burning in aspen.Why are Wildfires More Intense?

It is not solely an ignition event, whether a lightning strike or unattended campfire, that causes a wildfire. Fire ecology research over the past three decades has revealed that environmental drivers, such as snow pack, fuels availability, and temperature, also play a role. 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

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The next webinar is scheduled for December 12, 2018 from 11:00-12:15 MDT. The  webinar will discuss the importance of urban natural areas and the use of data and research to inform local management efforts.  

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 Team

Intermountain and Rocky Mountain Regions Publish a DEIS for Sage-Grouse

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The Forest Service is proposing to amend the Forest Service land management plans that were created in 2015 regarding greater sage-grouse conservation in the states of Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah. The Forest Service is publishing the Notice of Availability announcing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on October 5, 2018, which will initiate a 90-day comment period. Commenters are encouraged to provide specific responses to textual edits that are being considered.

Instructions for submitting comments.

List of Public Meetings in Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

View the latest news about the Forest Service’s Greater Sage...

Spotlights

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. 

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

Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series

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The Forest Service's Urban Forest Connections webinar series discusses the latest science, practice, and policy on urban forestry and the environment and is open to all.



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