The Idaho Panhandle National Forests are located in the northern part of Idaho.
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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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Revised Forest Plan Objection Meeting Scheduled

Review of Revised Forest Plan Objections is nearly complete and the USDA Forest Service's objection reviewing officer has called for a meeting with objectors to be held beginning at 9:00 am at the Coeur d'Alene Resort on April 29, 2014. The meeting will focus solely on discussions of proposed remedies related to the following areas of concern: county coordination, Wild and Scenic River eligibility determinations, recommended Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, and Management Indicator Species. Meeting participation will be limited to agency personnel, objectors and recognized interested persons, but members of the public are welcome to observe the meeting.

Additional information about the meeting, including a final meeting agenda, will be posted here on Friday, April 25, 2014.

Draft agenda:

Meeting begins at 9:00 am
Discussion of the local government coordination issue to begin at 10: 00 am
Wild & Scenic River discussion at 11:15 am
Lunch break at 12:00 pm
Continue Wild & Scenic River discussion at 1:00 pm
Recommended Wilderness discussion at 1:30 pm
Management Indicator Species discussion at 3:15 pm
Wrap-up at 4:45 pm
Adjourn at 5:00 pm

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 and information on becoming an "interested person" for any of the objections received please visit the IPNF Revised Forest Plan - Objections Received webpage.

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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.