Without the resources of the Intermountain Herbarium and the assistance of its staff, numerous research workers would be severely hampered in completing their research projects and many U.S.U. students would not be able to obtain the quality of education needed to be both reliable and competitive in such areas as botany, forestry, wildlife management, and landscape architecture. Research projects affected include those at Utah State University, various federal agencies, and several private consulting companies and individuals. In particular, the herbarium and its resources are essential to the Manual of Grasses for North America project.
The herbarium is used most frequently for plant identification, but it is also often consulted for information on nomenclatural matters, chromosome counts, and access to information not readily available through other avenues.