The benefits derived from national forests and grasslands generate billions of dollars to the national economy, underpinning local economies in many rural areas and enhancing the quality of life in many communities
Winter is Coming to an End
Spring is approaching fast on National Forest lands in the Intermountain Region. Take advantage of what is left of winter and get out and play.
It's All Yours
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.
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