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Boise National Forest
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A Quick Overview - The 2,612,000 acre Boise National Forest is located north and east of the city of Boise, Idaho.
Topography: Elevations range from 2,600 to 9,800 feet. The mountainous landscape was developed through uplifting, faulting, and stream cutting. Most of the land lies within the Idaho Batholith, a large and highly erodable geologic formation. Major rivers: Boise and Payette Rivers; South and Middle Fork drainages of the Salmon River. Learn more about the Forest.
UPDATE: Closure Area Reduced for Elk & Pony Complex Fires Effective November 7. VIEW THE NEWS RELEASE and new maps.
Watch Videos of Special Places to Visit!
Visit the Idaho City RD
Visit the Emmett RD
Visit the Lowman RD- Deadwood Lookout & Campgrounds
Visit the Lowman RD - Kirkham and Bull Trout Campgrounds
Visit the Emmett RD - Middle Fork Payette River
Visit the Cascade RD
View Each Ranger District For More Information About Recreational Opportunities
The Boise National Forest has 5 Ranger Districts, the Supervisor's Office, Lucky Peak Nursery and a Guard Station in Garden Valley and High Valley.
Cascade RD - Areas of interest: Highway 55 and 22, Cascade Reservoir, Warm Lake, Johnson Creek, Landmark, Cascade, Yellowpine
Emmett RD - Areas of interest: Highway 17, Sage Hen Reservoir, Middle and South Fork Payette River, Crouch, Garden Valley
Idaho City RD - Areas of interest: Highway 21, Mores Creek, Granite Ck, Banner Ridge, Middle Fk Boise River, Barber Flats, Idaho City, Graham, Atlanta
Lowman RD - Areas of interest: Highway 21 and 17, Deadwood Reservoir, Scott Mountain, Bear Valley, Bull Trout Lake, Lowman, Travel to Stanley-
Mountain Home RD - Areas of interest: Highway 20, Anderson Ranch Res., Little Camas Res., Lucky Peak Res., Shafer Butte, Trinities Rec. Area.
Lucky Peak Nursery - Established in 1959, the Lucky Peak Nursery grows trees, grasses and shrubs for National Forests in Southern Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Western Wyoming, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Visit Idaho's Scenic Byways - has great video of Idaho's special byways.
Also check out Idaho Public Television's - Idaho Scenic Byways
Seasonal temporary jobs are available in a number of positions. The short videos and brochure highlight employment opportunities. To get started with an application and to view the videos go to the employment opportunities page.
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