Iconic Places of the US Forest Service

The Forest Service manages congressionally-designated areas and national monuments, protected either by Congress through legislation or by the President via proclamation under the authority of the Antiquities Act. Congress has designated these areas unique for their special characteristics and opportunities they offer. These places are protected in perpetuity for a range of ecological and social benefits such as scenic beauty, recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat and watershed protection, and the intent and management objectives for each are distance and unique.

This project takes a closer look at these "iconic places:"

  • Reviewing the social, economic, and ecological benefits they provide,
  • examining common management challenges
  • identifying opportunities, and
  • asking what information regions need to ensure the longevity of and benefits from these high profile areas that are valued by both visitors and communities.

Working and Briefing Papers

Working Paper: Iconic Places of the US Forest Service: Values, Conditions, Challenges, and Opportunities

Briefing Paper: Iconic Places of the US Forest Service: Conditions and Concerns


Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Browns Canyon National Monument

Mount Pleasant National Scenic Area

Iconic Places Book

This book highlights all of the Forest Service managed iconic places managed included in this research. A short description and background is included for each location, along with information on establishment, reasons designated, recreation uses, nearby population centers, visitor numbers, and maps showing locations both nationally and in the local landscape. https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/handle/1794/27931