Volume 2 Issue 9

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Volume 2 Issue 9 June 8, 2018  

Regional Intermountain News

Regional Spotlight

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Snake River on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, located in western Wyoming.

Abundant Clean Water

Water is one of the most important natural resources flowing from forests. The Forest Service manages the largest single source of water in the U.S., with about 20 percent originating from 193 million acres of land. Click here to learn more water facts.

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System is celebrating 50 years of environment and wilderness treatments, clean air and water, and protection of U.S. lands, lakes, rivers, and streams. One of these protected rivers is Snake River Headwaters, Wyoming.

Wyoming has approximately 108,767 miles of river, of which 408 miles are designated as wild & scenic, this equates to less than 4/10 of one percent of the state's river miles. The Snake River Headwaters encompasses parts of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway and the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The river lies at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA), often referred to as one of the last intact functioning temperate ecosystems on earth. Snake River Headwaters is managed by the Forest Service, Bridger-Teton National Forest.  

USFS Intermountain Region and the Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI)

The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Forests and grasslands play a vital role in providing public benefits and services such as clean water. 

We are most successful when we work together across all lands and focus on the highest priority needs.  Through partnerships with state agencies and other organizations we are able to leverage our resources to benefit the land, the public and our communities. A great example is our strong commitment and cooperation in Utah with the ongoing work being done through the Utah WRI, a partnership based program in Utah to improve high priority watersheds throughout the state.

The Utah forest have 26 projects approved for FY2018. Because of the success of the initiative, the Utah Forest Supervisors, in partnership with the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Utah Partners for Conservation and Development (UPCD), and under the state’s WRI are focusing efforts on achieving a goal of a million acres of watershed restoration on National Forest System lands in the state of Utah. Watershed restoration will be accomplished by a variety of methods and will result in improved conditions to provide abundant clean water, grazing, wildlife habitat, forest health, fisheries and recreation just to name a few.


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Restoring Hope 

Restoring Hope is an example of the collaborative effort being conduction in southeast Idaho to improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, stream stability while providing for public access and recreation adventures. 

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest and numerous partners came together across ownership boundaries to restore watershed function within the Jackknife drainage. The holistic watershed restoration approach focuses on decommissioning and relocating poorly placed roads and trails located on unstable slopes next to stream channels, replacing undersized road and trail stream crossings, restoring eroding and disconnected stream and riparian systems, and upgrading non-functioning water irrigation diversions. Click here to watch video. 

National Best Management Practices (BMP)

National Best Management Practices (BMP) Program

The Forest Service manages 193 million acres of federal lands, much of which are located in the headwaters and recharge areas of the nation's water supplies. The National Forests and Grasslands provide sources of drinking water for people in 42 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Forest Service has a critical role in maintaining the integrity of the water resources associated with National Forests and Grasslands and needs to take an active role, in cooperation with the states and Tribes, in comprehensive management of water resources on those lands.

The National Best Management Practices (BMP) Program was developed to improve management of water quality consistently with the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and State water quality programs. Best Management Practices are specific practices or actions used to reduce or control impacts to water bodies from nonpoint sources of pollution, most commonly by reducing the loading of pollutants from such sources into storm water and waterways. The practices can be applied before, during and after pollution-producing activities to reduce or eliminate the introduction of pollutants to receiving waters. Continue reading here.

Forest News

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Forest Watershed Program Receives Conservation Award

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Watershed Management Team received the “Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Merit Award.” The team received this award for their work protecting and enhancing watersheds on 6.3 million acres located in Nevada and a small portion of eastern California. The Watershed Management Team’s accomplishments include increasing stream function at Hope Valley in eastern California; restoring sage-grouse habitat on the Santa Rosa Ranger District in northern Nevada; improving Columbia spotted frog habitat on the Austin-Tonopah Ranger District in central Nevada; and working with Natural Resources Conservation Service to complete soil surveys and develop ecological site description for parts of the Forest.

Fishing Days

Free Fishing Days 2018

This summer, the United States will observe National Fishing and Boating Week by providing Free Fishing Days to recognize how recreational fishing and boating enhances our quality of life and the preservation of our nation’s precious natural water resources.

It is estimated the water that flowing within National Forest Service lands is worth $7.2 billion annually. Water plays not only an important role in our forests and grasslands, but also in the nation’s outdoor recreational activities.

This month, the Forest Service’s partner Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation is celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week during June 2-10, 2018. However, this national celebration will last all summer long, with individual states creating their own "Free Fishing Days." 

"Free Fishing Days" provides a great way to take friends and/or family members fishing and teach them how to fish. Special events and opportunities like "Free Fishing Days" strengthen citizens’ knowledge and relationship with nature, encouraging conservation efforts.

It is important to note that individual states may create special restrictions and regulations that may affect the fishing experience, be sure to contact your state’s fish and wildlife agency for specific details. For more information, visit RBFF’s website here.


Water Trailer 2018

As part as the USDA’s Strategic Plan: FY 2015-2020, the Forest Service works to provide abundant, clean water through watershed restoration and educating the public.

The National Forests and Grasslands provide nearly 20 percent of the United States’ water supply, making them the largest single water source in the nation. The Forest Service has taken an active role in the restoration of watershed conditions and educating the public of their importance with Watershed and Stream Education Trailers.

The Intermountain region has trailers located in Ogden, UT and Boise, ID. In the past 15 years, the Forest Service has utilized the Watershed and Stream Education trailer to teach approximately 85,000 children and adults just along the Wasatch Front, from Logan to Salt Lake City. By reaching out to communities, the Forest Service is able to create future stewards of the land and foster support for the forests.

The Watershed and Stream Education Trailer serves as a model that illustrates watershed scale processes. The goal is to teach people of all ages the human and natural caused processes that affect watershed health so they may make educated decisions on the use of watershed resources. 


About Us

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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 include cowboy boots, river sandals, ski boots, steel-toed boots, dress shoes and more. 

Read this week’s story highlight: Shawna Johansen, river manager for the Middle Fork of the Salmon on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, located in Idaho. 

Did You Know? About 60 million Americans Rely on Drinking Water that Originated on the National Forests and Grasslands.

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