We want to thank everyone who participated in our #ForestInFocus photo challenge. Because of your enthusiastic response and amazing submissions we can share the wonders of our National forests and grasslands from your point of view.
From breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, to awe-inspiring scenery, wildlife and wildflowers, we received hundreds of dazzling images. Their artistry and magnificence made the selection process tough but enjoyable. We feel lucky to have been a part of your forest experiences and we hope that you continue to enjoy everything that your beautiful lands have to offer.
Here are the overall winners of the photo challenge as well as some honorable mentions:
"Native lily in the Ashland Municipal Watershed, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest."
Location: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, California
"One of the main reasons I love living in California is because you can go hiking in Yosemite on a random Monday because it's THERE. "
Location: Yosemite, California
"Nature hikes and getting outdoors is where it's at! This was a fun hike in the PNW. Up near Mt. Hood."
Location: Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon
"Having a forester as a husband, we often take our little one on adventures. It's important to us."
Location: Uinta-wasatch-cache National Forest, Utah
"Ride into the #sunset."
Location: Chugach National Forest, Alaska
"Tux the PNW adventure dog near Hyak Tower in the Gold Creek area."
Location: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington
"Today's Fall colors with a dusting of snow, Huckleberry Mountain and Joe Lake."
Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington
"2nd tallest waterfalls in the U.S.! Got there just before sunset!"
Location: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
"Boys will be Boys. Bull elk spar with their hooves instead of their antlers while in velvet."
Location: Fishlake National Forest, Utah