Click on the colored regions of the map below to learn more about the National Forests within that region.
About our National Forests and Grasslands: The Obama administration just released a new draft rule for managing our National Forests and Grasslands, approximately 193 million acres of critical watersheds and wildlife habitat across the United States, and unfortunately this proposed rule could allow wildlife to become imperiled and does not insure adequate protection for the waters and watersheds within our National Forests.
The map below, a guide to our National Forests and Grasslands, illustrates the treasured forests, sensitive wildlife and essential waters that could be at stake if this proposed forest rule is not strengthened to protect our forests and waters.
Pictured National Forest (left): Gallatin National Forest
Species Summary: A few sensitive species which live in the Northern region include the Chinook salmon, grizzly bear, northern grey wolf, bald eagle, arctic grayling, burrowing owl (pictured, right) among many others.
Watershed Summary: The Northern Region is home to six National Wild and Scenic Rivers and more stream miles criss-crossing it than any other in the lower 48 states, including famous blue ribbon trout streams like the St. Joe, Big Hole, and Madison.
Additional Facts: The Northern Region covers 2,539 miles of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, encompasses 25 million acres over 5 states, includes 12 National Forests; and the National Grasslands in North Dakota and South Dakota.
Pictured National Forest (left): White River National Forest
Species Summary: A few sensitive species which live in the Rocky Mountain region include the greater prairie Chicken, Yellowstone cutthroat trout, black-tailed prairie dog, wolverine, American marten, swift fox, boreal owl, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (pictured, right) and the Colorado River cutthroat among many others.
Watershed Summary: The Rocky Mountain region and its National Forests are home to many of the headwaters of seven major river systems in the western United States, supporting people who live in the region and far away downstream.
Additional Facts: The Rocky Mountain region's Shoshone National Forest and White River National Forest were among the first National Forests congress proclaimed, carved from the original Forest Reserves.
Pictured National Forest (left): Tonto National Forest
Species Summary: A few sensitive species which live in the Southwestern Region include the goat peak pika, Arizona toad, Gila woodpecker, swift fox (pictured, right), apache trout, and mountain plover among many others.
Watershed Summary: The Southwestern region's 11 National forests include 2,750 miles of streams, 37,900 acres of lakes, a quarter of the fishing habitat in the State of New Mexico and half of the fishing habitat in the State of Arizona.
Additional Facts: The Southwestern region's unique heritage is clearly visible in its wealth of prehistoric and historic sites and in the lives of many of its people who still celebrate the ways of centuries past.
Pictured National Forest (left): Sawtooth National Forest
Species Summary: A few sensitive species which live in the Intermountain Region include the greater sage grouse (pictured, right), northern goshawk, Yellowstone cutthroat trout, and wolverine.
Watershed Summary: In the northern part of this region, the crucial Boise and Payette Rivers and Salmon River run fast through the Boise National Forest, providing essential habitat for a multitude of wildlife including trout and salmon and a clean water source for communities nearby. In the southern-most part of this region, the Dixie National Forest in Utah straddles the divide between the Great Basin and the Colorado River and is home to 500 miles of fishing streams, 90 fishable lakes, and brook, rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout.
Additional Facts: Four major geographic provinces come together to form the Intermountain region including the Great Basin, Colorado Plateau, Middle Rocky Mountains, and Northern Rocky Mountains, accounting for the great diversity of landscapes and ecosystems within the region.
Pictured National Forest (left): Shasta National Forest
Species Summary: A few sensitive species which live in the Pacific Southwest Region include the California condor (pictured, right), California bighorn sheep, northern spotted owl, California wolverine, Sierra Nevada red fox, rainbow trout, sockeye salmon, and San Bernadino flying squirrel among many others.
Watershed Summary: National Forests make up 20 percent of the land and supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state.
Additional Facts: More than 600 of the 800 species of fish and wildlife in California as well as 4,000 of the 6,500 native plants inhabit the national forests, making the Forest Service the single largest habitat manager in the state.
Pictured National Forest (left): Mount Hood National Forest
Species Summary: A few sensitive species which live in the Pacific Northwest Region include the cutthroat trout, sockeye salmon, Chinook salmon (pictured, right), Northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet, and bull trout among many others.
Watershed Summary: 750,000 people in Washington State have drinking water that comes either wholly or in part from National Forest watersheds. Portlanders get their water from Bull Run River going through Mt. Hood National Forest.
Additional Facts: The Pacific Northwest region is home to 17 National Forets, a National Scenic Area, a National Grassland, as well as two National Volcanic Monuments: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
Pictured National Forest (left): Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests
Species Summary: Sensitive species which live in the Southern Region include the Florida black bear, Atlantic sturgeon, Tennessee dace, Florida sand darter, brown trout, whitetail deer, northern bobwhite, wild turkey, sandhill crane, red cockaded woodpecker, and gopher tortoise (pictured, right).
Watershed Summary: 35% of the nation's population lives in the Southeast. Population growth, development, urbanization, and the spread of insects and disease in this region present huge challenges for the watersheds in the Southeast's National Forests, which supply drinking water to people and communities throughout this region.
Additional Facts: The Southern Region encompasses 13 States—from Virginia to Florida and Oklahoma – as well as Puerto Rico. Also known as Region 8, the Southern Region is one of nine geographical regions within the Forest Service. There are 14 National Forests and two special forest lands within the Southern Region.
Pictured National Forest (left): Superior National Forest
Species Summary: Sensitive species in this region include the American marten, the American moose (pictured, right), the American black bear, American peregrine falcon, the bald eagle, red-headed woodpecker, the golden-winged warbler, and more.
Watershed Summary: More than 962,000 acres of lakes (43% of the National Forest System's total) and over 15,000 miles of streams provide clean drinking water for communities and healthy habitat for fish and wildlife. Almost half the nation's 45 million anglers fish these waters each year.
Additional Facts: This region's National Forest system totals 12 million acres and provides critical habitat for much of the wildlife in the eastern United States. Half the U.S. population now lives within a day's drive of one or more this region’s National Forests, so the wildlife resources within them are more heavily used than ever before.
Pictured National Forest (left): Tongass National Forest
Species Summary: The Tongass is home to the highest concentrations of brown bears in the world, as well as thousands of bald eagles (pictured, right), Sitka black-tailed deer, boreal toads, dusky Canada geese, and all five species of Alaskan salmon. The Chugach National Forest draws tens of thousands of salmon anglers every year. The salt waters and stream mouths of Prince William Sound other areas in this region also abound with halibut, shrimp, clams, and mussels.
Watershed Summary: Water defines Alaska’s national forests. The Tongass and Chugach National Forests include 6,137,027 acres of wetlands. Both forests in this region are also home to world-class fishing for salmon, grayling, tremendous trout and bottom fish.
Additional Facts: Alaska's national forests include 21,969,321 total acres, 5,754,000 acres of Wilderness, 7,200,000 acres of wetlands, 57,000 miles of streams, and 400,000 acres of lakes.