USFS Regional Intermountain News

USDA Forest Service Intermountain RegionSeptember Message

Issue 17 September 6, 2017 

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Regional Intermountain News
USDA Forest Service Strategic Plan
USDA Forest Service Intermountain Strategic Framework
USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region Annual Priorities
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Regional Spotlight

Fire Impact Map

Fires Season Intensifies

  • National Preparedness Level is at 5.
  • Great Basin Preparedness Level is at 4.
  • Resources are being stretched thin as wildfires throughout the West continue to rapidly gain in acres burned. California, Montana and Oregon currently have the most fire activity.
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Sage-Grouse News

Sagebrush Ecosystem Poster

Teach the Next Generation About Sage-Grouse!

A formal educational program is being developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with Engaging Every Student and other partners to help teachers show students how to think critically about the sagebrush ecosystem, and ways to protect it and the diverse species that live there.

With resources including lesson plans aligned to standards for grades 4-8, Sagebrush Ecosystem trunks developed by Audubon Rockies, short videos produced by RangeWide Productions and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, an educational poster, and expert partners available for classroom visits and/or field work, we seek to connect with the next generation of land stewards. The program has the potential to touch the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of students over the next decade. Get products>>

Forest News

HTNF Volunteer Awards

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Volunteers Receive Regional Award

Several Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest individual and group volunteers were recently honored by the Forest Service Intermountain Regional Office. The region's Volunteer & Service Program awards recognize volunteers in five categories: Cultural Diversity, Leadership, Citizen Stewardship and Partnerships, Restoration, and Enduring Service. 

“We have a number of engaged citizens and community groups whose efforts help us to fulfill our mission,” said Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger. “These volunteers have given selflessly of their time and performed an astonishing variety of tasks, which enhanced both Forest operations and the visitor experience.”

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Sawtooth NRA taken in 2004.

The 45th Anniversary of the establishment of the Sawtooth National Recreation  Area (NRA) 

On August 22, the Sawtooth National Forest located in Idaho, celebrated the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (NRA). 

What is the Sawtooth NRA? The Sawtooth NRA consists of 756,000 acres of scenic mountain country, including the Sawtooth, White Clouds, and the Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness areas. The Sawtooth NRA has over 700 miles of trails, 40 peaks rising over 10,000 feet and 300 plus high mountain alpine lakes that add to the spectacular scenery and vistas. Learn more!

"The Sawtooth NRA is such a special place, which so many hold near and dear to their heart, and care for like a member of their own family. I truly can’t say enough in regards to my appreciation for all that you all do in support of this great place. It takes all of us working together to protect and preserve the Sawtooth NRA for current and future generations. Let’s continue to work together in protecting this great place for the next 45 years!" said Kirk Flanningan, area ranger for the Sawtooth NRA.  

Blister Rust

Partners Fight Invasive Blister Rust Disease to Save Whitebark Pines

The Forest Service is working to combat blister rust, an invasive fungal infection originally from Asia that affects whitebark pines and other five-needle pine trees. Partners for the ongoing efforts include the National Forest Foundation, American Forests, Arbor Day Foundation, and Plant-A-Tree. Eradicating blister rust would not be possible, so the Forest Service and its partners have developed a program to breed whitebark pines that are resistant to the disease. Read More>>

Solar Eclipse YouTube Video on the Sawtooth National Forest

Total Solar Eclipse at Redfish Lake, Sawtooth National Forest

Thank you to all the Forest visitors who experienced the 2017 Solar Eclipse on National Forest Lands. A large crowd watched the Solar Eclipse on the shore of Redfish Lake on the Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho. Video taken on August 21, 2017. Check it out!


Dark Canyons YouTube Video

Wilderness Volunteers in Dark Canyon Wilderness

A wilderness volunteer group helped with trail maintenance on a scenic hiking trail that winds through Dark Canyon, Horse Pasture Trail, Utah on the Manti-La Sal National Forest. The volunteer group backpacked between 4 to 5 miles into the wilderness, set up camp for the week, and then hiked to the work project each day. The Dark Canyon Wilderness is a unique forested pocket tucked into the heart of southeast Utah's wild canyon country. Check it out!

Salmon-Challis NF Newsletter
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NPLD 2017 Meme
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About Us

Greg Hanson, Rangeland Management Specialist on the Palisades Ranger District of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Boots in the Forest: Get to Know Forest Staff by Their Boots!

Forest Service employees, volunteers, and partners wear many versions of "boots" to do diverse and exciting work on the national forests. Their range of footwear includes cowboy boots, river sandals, ski boots, steel-toed boots, dress shoes, and more. 

Read this week’s story highlight: Greg Hanson, Rangeland Management Specialist on the Palisades Ranger District of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest

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And Additional Stories Across the Region

About the Region: Meet the Forests, Grassland, and Research Station that make up the Intermountain Region, as well as getting access to local contact information for all 12 forests located in Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah.

Intermountain Strategic Framework 2017-2020
USDA Forest Service Strategic Plan 2015-2020

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