A whitebark pine stand in the Elkhorn Lake proposed Research Natural Area on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.
View from the Maah Daah Hey Trail overlooking the Little Missouri River. Dakota Prairie Grasslands.
The National Forest lands in the Northern Region encompass 25 million acres in five states. Included are 12 national forests located in northeastern Washington, northern Idaho, and Montana; and a national grassland in North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota.
The Region's expansive landscape features a vast array of native species in very diverse ecosystems. The regional boundaries extend from the tall grass prairies of the Dakotas, through sagebrush communities and high-elevation whitebark pine forests in Montana, to old-growth Douglas-fir, cedar and hemlock forests of northern Idaho.
The Northern Region also hosts 16 congressionally-designated wilderness areas, six National Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, over 2,500 miles of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and much more. The Region's unique wild areas truly offer countless adventures to experience the solitude, spirit and beauty of the American west.
Wildflower Viewing Areas for the Northern Region
British Columbia wildginger (Asarum caudatum). Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Photo by Gerald Carr.
Barr's milkvetch (Astragalus barrii). Custer National Forest. Photo by J. Locklear, Center for Plant Conservation.
Arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata). Lolo National Forest. Photo by Gary A. Monroe.
Little prince's pine (Chimaphila menziesii). Flathead National Forest. Photo by Margaret Williams.
Lanceleaf springbeauty (Claytonia lanceolata). Gallatin National Forest. Photo by Gary A. Monroe.
Blacksamson echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia). Dakota Prairie National Grasslands. Photo by Larry Allain.
Sulphur-flower buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum). Helena National Forest. Photo by Brother Alfred Brousseau, College of St. Mary's, CA.
Bitter root (Lewisia rediviva). Bitterroot National Forest. Photo by Gary A. Monroe.
False lupine (Thermopolis montana). Kootenai National Forest. Photo by Nan Vance.
Pacific trillium (Trillium ovatum). Kootenai National Forest. Photo by Margaret Williams.