Pacific Northwest Region
The Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service includes 19 National Forests, a National Scenic Area, a National Grassland, and two National Volcanic Monuments within the states of Washington and Oregon.
Habitats range from the dry deserts east of the Cascades to the lush rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula. The region supports one of the most diverse floras in the nation with numerous recreational opportunities.
Rare Plant Conservation Success Stories
- Camas Prairie Restoration Project
- Conservation of Greenman's Desert Parsley
- Ongoing Efforts to Recover Mirabilis macfarlanei, MacFarlane's Four-O’clock
- Sisyrinchium sarmentosum (pale blue-eyed grass or mountain pale blue-eyed grass) Conservation Efforts
- The Frozen Garden: Securing Seeds for the Future - The Berry Botanic Garden and the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region
- Wenatchee Mountains Checker-mallow Recovery
Fading Gold: The Decline of Aspen in the West
Fading Gold explores the aspen community in the western United States. It describes how aspen grows, the decline of aspen from in the Rocky Mountains to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the challenges for aspen in the western landscape. We feature aspen's beautiful fall colors, wildflowers in the aspen community, and the traces left in the aspen groves by past visitors.
Formed deep within the earth's mantle, serpentine rocks found their way to the surface over millennia. Unique flora have evolved on serpentine soils, especially adapted to survive severe hardships of drought, heavy metals, and nutrient stress. The Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains of northwest California and southwest Oregon are the largest serpentine area in North America.