The Northwest Region, spanning from the Dakotas to the coast and north into Canada and Alaska, features an array of ecosystems and land uses.

Oregon landscape

The arid, shortgrass prairies of the northern Great Plains are primarily grazed but also grow dryland and irrigated crops, such as wheat, rye, and barley. On the western side of the Rocky Mountains, the Cascade Range separates dry plateaus from dense, coastal forests and complex river systems. Field crops in this portion of the region include potatoes, corn, wheat, oats, and alfalfa, while tree crops include apple, cherry, and pear.

Due to this diversity of landscapes and systems, members work on a wide range of natural resource issues and solutions. In productive agricultural lands, erosion—both by wind and water—degrades soils and threatens air and water quality. Nitrogen leaching from irrigated fields can also contaminate groundwater. Practices such as no-tillage, improved residue management, diverse crop rotations, and cover crops are helping to address these issues and improve soil quality. In the coastal portions of the region, very different concerns focus on environmental impacts of urban expansion and threats to fragile habitats and native species. Chapters within the Northwest Region address these varied challenges through local events and professional development opportunities.


Alaska Chapter


Alberta Chapter


Idaho Chapter
Inland Empire Chapter (ID/WA Chapter)


Manitoba Chapter


Montana Chapter


Nebraska Chapter
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Chapter

North Dakota

North Dakota Chapter

South Dakota

South Dakota Chapter
South Dakota University Student Chapter


Oregon Chapter


Saskatchewan Chapter


Olympic View Chapter
Inland Empire Chapter (ID/WA Chapter)


Wyoming Chapter