Standard color schemes should be developed for
development complexes or special management
areas within a national forest or grassland. Once
established, the color scheme must be consistently
applied throughout the complex or special area.
Color schemes can be keyed to the landscape by:
• Employing colors that complement local
vegetation, soils, and rock outcrops.
• Integrating colors by using local, natural
• Selecting shades for large planar surfaces
that are slightly darker than the surrounding
Note: On most National Forest System lands,
deviating from standard colors of signs must be pre-approved by the regional sign coordinator. See
EM-7100-15 for descriptions of sign standards.