The Kootenai National Forest is located in the northwestern part of Montana.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the Kootenai National Forest

Photo of Cabinet Mountains Wilderness peaks in the Fall with a dusting of snow.The Kootenai National Forest is located in the Northwest corner of Montana and the Northeast corner of Idaho on the Canadian border. Providing abundant recreation and a wealth of natural resources, the Kootenai is a perfect place to relax and enjoy your National Forests!

We invite you to explore this web site, and contact us if you have questions.

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The Revised Forest Plan

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

The Kootenai National Forest is 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 30, 2014 please visit the Forest’s Objections to the Revised Forest Plan webpage.

On September 8, 2014 the reviewing officer issued 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture on the objections. Full text of the response is available in the Reviewing Officer’s Response to Objections. 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.



Revised Forest Plan Documents Now Available!

The draft Record of Decision, revised Forest Plan, and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) are now available. The forest is following a pre-decisional administrative review process (objection process) prior to making a final decision.  Go to the Kootenai forest planning webpage for copies of the documents and information on the forest plan revision.

Food Storage Requirements on the Kootenai National Forest

Animal resistant food container

A food storage order signed on June 3, 2011 requires food storage and garbage practice across the Forest to reduce the potential for human-wildlife encounters.