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Volume 3 Issue 2 May 7, 2019 

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Thank you for staying subscribed to the Regional Intermoutain Newsletter for another year! Below you will find information about what we have been up to as well as some cool events that are coming up and information about how to stay involved with your public lands. 

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In this issue: 

Regional Highlights


Vegetation Classification, Mapping and Quantitative Inventory (VCMQ)

The Intermountain Region’s Vegetation Classification, Mapping and Quantitative Inventory (VCMQ) Program completed the initial mapping of existing vegetation types, tree and shrub canopy cover classes and tree size classes across all 12 National Forests. The VCMQ map products are the best mid-level existing vegetation information designed to support forest-wide and multi-forest efforts. These products can help:

  • Identify potential timber harvest and fuel treatment areas
  • Revise Forest Plans
  • Define and model plant and wildlife habitats
  • Predict distributions of invasive species and insect and disease outbreaks
  • Perform pre and post-fire vegetation assessments
  • Monitor vegetation change over time
  • Share up-to-date information with partners
  • Locate recreational opportunities in specific vegetation types
  • Create interactive and user-friendly maps

In support of this milestone, the RO developed a VCMQ website with an overview and web links to corresponding geospatial data and project reports. Additional information on the VCMQ Program and the resulting existing vegetation maps across the Intermountain Region may be viewed from an interactive Story Map

The primary participants in the development of these products included District, Forest, and Regional Office staffs, the Interior West Forest Inventory and Analysis (IWFIA) Program of the Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Geospatial Technology and Applications Center (GTAC). The VCMQ team is currently evaluating different strategies and techniques available to maintain these mid-level map products.


The Southwest Climate Hub

The USDA Climate Hubs were founded in 2014 to assist in planning and managing risks associated with climate change and extreme weather events. The Hubs have ten regions across the nation and much of Region 4 overlaps with the Southwest Climate Hub (SWCH). The SWCH leadership is composed of a team from USDA agencies including the Forest Service.

Its goal is to provide information and technology to guide climate-informed decision making by farmers, ranchers, forest landowners, Native American tribes, natural resource managers and technology transfer specialists to generate sustainable and productive working landscapes in the Southwest. Below are examples of SWCH sponsored project

More information:

Fire Newsletter

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Get information on fire activity in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada. Subscribe to our Intermountain Region Fire Updates for specific knowledge, education and current information about fire activity, preparedness levels, fire restrictions and much more.

Click on "Manage Subscriptions" at the bottom of the newsletter and select "Regional Fire Information" to subscribe. 

Forest News


Check out the Salmon-Challis National Forest Mobile Phone App!

In its first iteration (released 2018), the Salmon-Challis National Forest (SCNF) App focuses on historical and interpretive sites in the Yankee Fork drainage: Bonanza, the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge, Custer and the Custer Motorway. 

Information provided includes:

  • Background of sites with historical photos
  • Frequently Asked Questions and Answers & Know Before You Go tips
  • Hunting, fishing and camping information, with links to Idaho Fish & Game webpages
  • Links to Motor Vehicle Use Maps, SCNF Visitor’s Guide, Yankee Fork Trail Map published by the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park
  • Step-by-step tour stops for Custer and the Motorway

Users can find the Mobile Tour at or search their app store for the Salmon-Challis National Forest. For Apple users: and for Google Play users:


Salmon-Challis National Forest - Botany, Invasive Species and Pollinators 

2018 Program Accomplishments 

2018 was a very exciting year for the Salmon- Challis National Forest (SCNF) and its committed team of botanist, invasive weeds and pollinator coordinators. New projects as well as the yearly weed inventories and herbicides treatments were completed. This report includes the first aerial herbicide application on the Forest, the great partners that made the projects possible, pollinators and their importance, biological control agents and what awaits for 2019. Below is an overview of the accomplishments for 2018 and check out the complete report here.

  • 6,398 acres of noxious weed inventory and control on the SNFC in FY2018
  • 8 surveys found 14 bumblebee species on or near SCNF
  • The very first aerial herbicide application and seeding project was completed  
  • One third (2,129 acres) of all weed work happened in the Frank Church Wilderness using stock and rafts
  • 4 new populations of pink agoseris (sensitive plant) was found


Emmett has a new home

We moved! Boise National Forest's Emmett Ranger District Office Moves to a New Location

The Boise National Forest Emmett Ranger District office has moved to a new facility. The new office is located at 1857 Highway 16, Suite A in Emmett, Idaho, 83617. The office is located within a block of the old office along Highway 16.

Due to issues beyond the District’s control, the office is temporarily without phone and internet services. The office is open to the public for any questions or to provide information and is planning to host a ribbon cutting in the near future. 

“We expect it may take up to a month to get everything set up for sales and permits,” said Richard Newton, Emmett District Ranger. “We know this is a public inconvenience and we are working hard to resolve the issue. In the meantime we ask that folks have patience and go to a vendor or contact one of the other Ranger District offices for purchases (maps, firewood permits, etc.) until the office is officially open.”

For additional information about the Boise National Forest call 208-373-4100 or visit the Boise National Forest website at

Memorial Day May 27th

All of our Administrative Offices will be closed on May 27th, 2019 in honor of Memorial Day. But remember that the Forest is open! #ItsAllYours 



Forest Service Citizen Stewardship Makes a Difference! 

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