Resource Management

early SummerThe Rio Grande National Forest provides opportunities to learn more about the plants, animals, and other natural features of the area. Numerous streams, lakes, reservoirs, varied topography, climate, and vegetation of the Rio Grande National Forest provide habitats for an abundance of native fish and wildlife, including many of the most striking animals found in North America.

Forest Health

Many folks visiting the Rio Grande National Forest are noticing a big change in the high elevation forests as literally millions of trees are succumbing to the spruce bark beetle.

Fire Management

Fire management combines elements of fire prevention, fire suppression, and fire use.

Heritage Resources

The Rio Grande National Forest is rich not only in natural history, but in human history. Learn more about archaeological activities and the human history of the forest.

Rangeland Management

Rangelands are valuable and extensive ecosystems within the Rio Grande National Forest and San Luis Valley BLM Field Office, comprising about 93% of the public land in our area. They provide clean water and forage for grazing and browsing animals, cover for many wildlife species, and a variety of recreational opportunities for our visitors. Rangelands are also of vital economic importance to our local communities.

Wildlife, Fisheries & Botany

Our forest offers abundant opportunities to observe some of the finest elements these three fields of study offer both the casual user and professional.

Water, Air & Soil

The stewardship of water, soil, and air resources is an important part of Rio Grande National Forest management.


The Rocky Mountain Research Station supports our natural resource programs through research and development of state-of-the-art management tools.