Welcome to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest
The Caribou-Targhee National Forest occupies over 3 million acres and stretches across southeastern Idaho, from the Montana, Utah, and Wyoming borders. This Forest is also home to the Curlew National Grassland.
On the northern end of this Forest the massive profile of the Teton Range can be seen. Scattered throughout the Forest are waterfalls cascading down cliffs of ancient volcanic material. There are excellent tubing opportunities and perhaps the best trout fishing in crystal clear water. Hiking is also an important and excellent way to explore the Forest with many trails leading you to beautiful areas.
On the southern end spend time at the campgrounds with woods of pine and fir trees. Wildlife wanders unafraid, with clear fast flowing creeks, it only takes the scent of a campfire to imagine Native Americans, wagon trains, miners, settlers and cowboys passing by. Or, perhaps you would like to enjoy watersports available at Bear Lake.
The biggest problem with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is there are so many and varied recreational opportunities to enjoy, there just isn't enough time to do them all in one visit.
Idaho Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is available for Public Comment
On Friday, November 1, 2013, the Boise, Salmon-Challis, Caribou-Targhee, Sawtooth and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests, the Curlew National Grassland and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Draft Idaho and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public comment period.
The draft considers six possible management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for greater sage-grouse on Forest Service- and BLM-administered lands in Idaho and southwestern Montana. Approximately 30 million acres of greater sage-grouse habitat are managed by the Forest Service and BLM in the identified area.
The BLM and the Forest Service have identified Alternatives D (Idaho and Southwest Montana sub-regional alternative) and E (Idaho Governor’s Alternative) as co-Preferred Alternatives for the purposes of public comment and review. BLM and Forest Service officials agree that portions of the management guidance described within each of these two alternatives respond best to greater sage-grouse habitat threats within the Idaho and Southwestern Montana sub-region.
The Idaho and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is one of 15 coordinated environmental documents developed to provide a consistent approach to sustaining the species and its habitat across the West. By proactively addressing greater sage grouse conservation concerns on Forest Service- and BLM-administered lands, we hope to maintain the widest possible range of options for managing the public lands and for our neighboring landowners.
Information on upcoming open houses as well as the Draft Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is available for review on the BLM-Idaho's web site. For additional information about Greater Sage-Grouse conservation, visit the BLM Sage-Grouse web site.
The Caribou-Targhee National Forest consists of several offices: Headquarters in Idaho Falls; Supervisor's Office in St. Anthony; Ranger District offices in Ashton, Dubois, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Montpelier, Soda Springs, and Driggs; and a work station in Island Park.