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.

The official address of this site is If you are curious about the long address you see in your web browser or interested in other short addresses for specific sections of this site, visit our web address information page.

Objections on the Revised Forest Plan

The Kootenai National Forest is using a Pre-decisional Administrative Review Process, also known as an “Objection Process.” The Objection Period for the revised forest plan began September 28 (the day after notice was published in the Daily Inter Lake and the Missoulian newspapers of record) and ended November 26, 2013. Only those members of the public who provided substantive comments during public comment periods on the plan revision were eligible to file an objection.  Objections had to be based on previous comment or new information presented in the final documents.

The Objection process provides an opportunity for members of the public to file a request to be an “Interested Person” for any objection received. The request must be submitted by December 16. For a complete list of objections received, and information on filing as an Interested Person, go to the Kootenai forest planning webpage.



50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Logo for the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

This year is the golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed on Sept. 3, 1964, by President Lyndon Johnson. The act established the country’s National Wilderness Preservation System. So, on Sept. 3, 2014, lovers of wildlands will celebrate the landmark event that made history.

Today, America boasts 758 wilderness areas covering almost 110 million acres. The Forest Service alone manages 440 wilderness areas. They make up a third of the entire National Forest System.

Revised Forest Plan Documents

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.

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