The Idaho Panhandle National Forests are located in the northern part of Idaho.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the
Idaho Panhandle National Forests

Photo of Sisters Creek gorge, a tributary to the St. Joe River.
Sisters Creek gorge,
a tributary to the St. Joe River.

From the shores of big lakes to the banks of winding rivers, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests create a tapestry of land and water in the handle of North Idaho. The Forest has been and continues to be the lifeline for local communities. Silver, gold and large timber drew settlers to the area. Remnant roads that once led to work now lead to play, and treasures sought are now recreational - water-based activities, winter uses and the traditional hiking, hunting, fishing and gathering....Read more

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'Tis the Season for Christmas Trees

Forest Service Shield with the tree decorated for ChristmasChristmas tree permits are now available from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Here’s what you need to know about the tree permits (tags)

  • Christmas tree tags are $5 each. Cash or check only please.
  • A family may purchase up to three tags.
  • Christmas tree tags can be used to cut trees on:
  • National Forest lands in northern Idaho and Montana; and
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands administered by the Coeur d’Alene District Office in northern Idaho; and by the Missoula, Butte and Dillon field offices in western Montana.

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests also offer a “permit by mail” system. Simply print and complete the form, include a check or money order, and mail. Tree tags will be mailed the next working day after receipt of application. Forms and instructions are located on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Christmas Tree web page.

Idaho Panhandle Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) Seeking New Members

The Idaho Panhandle RAC is seeking applicants to fill up to seven vacancies on their 15-member Resource Advisory Committee. Committe members participate in collaborative decision making and recommend distribution of funding for projects on, or adjacent to, the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Past funding levels have averaged more than half a million dollars each year. The committee’s duties include recommending projects and funding to improve forest health, watersheds, roads and facilities on or adjacent to the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. 

Download an application now!

For more information about the Idaho Panhandle RAC, or the Secure Rural Schools Act, visit the IPNF Advisory Committee webpage.

Revised Forest Plan Documents Now Available

The draft Record of Decision, revised Forest Plan, and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) are now available on the Idaho Panhandle forest planning webpage.

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests are using a Pre-decisional Administrative Review Process, also known as an “Objection Process.” The Objection Filing Period for the revised plan ended November 26, 2013. For a list of objections received, a listing of designated "interested persons," and information about the Objection Resolution Meeting held on April 29, 2014 please visit the IPNF Revised Forest Plan - Objections Received webpage.

On September 8, 2014 the reviewing officer signed the response to objections, which includes direction to the Northern Rockies Regional Forester (deciding official). The reviewing officer’s response to objections is the final decision by the US Department of Agriculture on the objections. Full text of the response is available on the IPNF Revised Forest Plan - Objections Received webpage. The Forest Service is currently working to implement the reviewing officer’s directions and expects to sign the final Record of Decision for the forest plan revision this winter if the additional work indicates the forest does not need to go back out to the public.


Know Before You Go

Before heading out to the woods, be prepared with the best available information!


Our Rich Heritage

Photo: Launch at Boathouse. The USFS Firefly at Camp B. Distillery Bay, 1910

Our heritage web pages tell a portion the IPNF story through photos, articles and documents that have been produced since the Heritage program first began in the late 1970s.

Marble Creek Splash Dams Project

Upper splash dam on Marble Creek

The purpose of the Marble Creek Splash Dams Project focuses on improving passage for native westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout.