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U.S. Forest Service

Pacific Northwest Region

Pacific Northwest Region map Pacific Northwest Region. From “Guide to Your National Forests and Grasslands (PDF)”, 2006.

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

View from the Rowena Overlook over the Columbia River Gorge. Rowena overlook in the McCall Nature Preserve, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Beargrass on Abercrombie Mountain. Beargrass on Abercrombie Mountain, Colville National Forest. Photo courtesy of Kathy Ahlenslager.

Also See…

Golden autumn aspens

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.

Read about Fading Gold…

Klamath-Siskiyous Serpentines poster.

Klamath-Siskiyou Serpentines

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.

Read about Klamath-Siskiyou Serpentines…

Visit “Beauty of It All” for a closer look at the beautiful wildflowers of our national forests and grasslands …

Wildflower Photographs

  • Western columbine, Aquilegia formosa.

    Western columbine (Aquilegia formosa). Malheur National Forest. Oregon.

  • Indian Paintbrush and other wildflowers at Dixie Butte.

    Indian Paintbrush and other wildflowers. Dixie Butte. Malheur National Forest. Oregon.

  • Spring wildflowers in the Logan Valley.

    Spring wildflowers. Logan Valley. Malheur National Forest. Oregon.

  • Dwarf purple monkeyflower, Mimulus nanus.

    Dwarf purple monkeyflower (Mimulus nanus). Malheur National Forest. Oregon.

  • Clustered lady's slipper orchid, Cyprepedium fasciculatum.

    Clustered lady’s slipper orchid (Cyprepedium fasciculatum). Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. Washington.

  • MacFarlane's four o'clock, Mirabilis macfarlane.

    MacFarlane’s four o’clock (Mirabilis macfarlane). Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Hell’s Canyon, Idaho. Photo by Russ Holmes.

  • Tweedy's pussypaws, Lewisia tweedyi.

    Tweedy’s pussypaws (Lewisia tweedyi). Wenatchee National Forest. Washington.