Paper No. 1
Presentation Time: 1:05 PM


HOLM, Melody, US Forest Service, 740 Simms St, Golden, CO 80401,

The U.S. Forest Service recognizes and manages geologic features and landscapes for scientific, educational, aesthetic, cultural, recreational, and other values. The Forest Service follows conservation and multiple use principles to manage these specially identified and designated geologic areas that represent many aspects of the Nation’s geologic heritage. In 2010, the Forest Service Geology Program compiled a comprehensive index of sites and areas that have been designated for special management based specifically on geology or for having a significant recognizable geologic component. These areas are categorized according to their designation. Statutorily designated areas that are geologic in nature or have a significant geologic component include six National Monuments, 49 National Natural Landmarks, and 138 Wild and Scenic Rivers or river segments. Over 800 administratively designated areas include Geologic Special Areas, Research Natural Areas, Geologic Points of Interest, and other less formal designations. All designated areas are separately categorized by featured geology, including caves and karst, geologic hazards, geomorphology, hydrogeology, and paleontology. Examples of areas with special designations based on geology provide a snapshot of the highly variable geology across the Nation’s National Forests and Grasslands and the importance of these public lands for geoscience education and research, as well as for aesthetic, cultural, and recreational values related to geology.