The Idaho Panhandle National Forests are located in the northern part of Idaho.
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Available Data Sets






About Our Data GIS Categories

Welcome to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests Geospatial data source. This page contains Geospatial data and metadata for commonly requested datasets. The datasets are organized by theme. A list of themes can be found in the above frame on the right hand side.

Description files contain a brief description of the dataset. Complete metadata for each dataset is contained as part of each layer and can be viewed using ArcGIS software. Metadata contains added information about the dataset, the data steward, how the data set was built, and other associated information.

Data files served on this site are Geodatabase Feature Classes that have been compressed with WinZip. Unless stated otherwise, the export file size is less than 1 megabyte. All geospatial data available are in the Projected Coordinate System: North American Datum (NAD83) Universal Transverse Mecator (UTM) Zone 11, units are in meters.

Contact information for each dataset is contained within the metadata.

Last updated March 27, 2014

Data on this website are updated at least yearly, but some data are updated more often.

For more information contact the Forest GIS Coordinator: 208.765.7223


Available GIS Themes by Category


Layer Description Geodatabase Shapefile Google Earth
Fire History Polygons pdf WinZip (1MB) WinZip (2 MB) KML (7MB)
Fire History Points pdf WinZip (209kb) WinZip (253kb) KML (3.3MB)
Wildland Urban Interface pdf WinZip (256kb) WinZip (330kb) KML (1.1MB)


Layer Description Geodatabase Shapefile Google Earth
IPNF Office Locations pdf WinZip (26kb) WinZip (8kb) KML (5kb)
IPNF National Forest Boundary pdf WinZip (18kb) WinZip (264kb) KML (1.1kb)
IPNF Ranger District Boundaries pdf WinZip (124kb) WinZip (146kb) KML (874kb)
Ownership: Government and Private pdf WinZip (315kb) WinZip (455kb) KML(853kb)


Layer Description Geodatabase Shapefile Google Earth
Public Land Survey System pdf WinZip (1MB) WinZip (1MB) KML (7.7MB)
Latutude Longitude Grid pdf WinZip (27kb) WinZip (3kb) KML (10kb)
UTM Grid pdf WinZip (725kb) WinZip (1.2MB) KML (5.6MB)
USGS Quads pdf WinZip (45kb) WinZip (22kb) KML(93kb)


Layer Description Geodatabase Shapefile Google Earth
Activities pdf WinZip (7.8MB) WinZip (11MB) N/A
Management Areas pdf WinZip(412kb) WinZip (528kb) KML(2.4MB)
Roadless Areas pdf WinZip(750kb) WinZip (994kb) KML(3.2MB)
Special Interest Areas pdf WinZip(62kb) WinZip (58kb) KML(290kb)
Research Natural Areas pdf WinZip(77kb) WinZip (72kb) KML(255kb)
Grazing Allotments pdf WinZip(51kb) WinZip (39kb) KML(161kb)

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Layer Description Geodatabase Shapefile Google Earth
Recreation Sites pdf WinZip(30kb) WinZip (13kb) KML(55kb)
Snowmobile Trails pdf WinZip(369kb) WinZip (668kb) KML(2.4MB)
Snowmobile Closure Area pdf WinZip(128kb) WinZip (153k) KML(512kb)


Layer Description Geodatabase Shapefile Google Earth
IPNF System Roads pdf WinZip(11MB) WinZip (21.7MB) N/A
IPNF System Trails pdf WinZip(1.8MB) WinZip(4.0MB) N/A


Layer Description Geodatabase Shapefile Google Earth
Landtypes pdf WinZip(18.3MB) WinZip (153kb) KML (512kb)

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Layer Description Geodatabase Shapefile Google Earth
Vegetation Settings pdf WinZip(21.1MB) WinZip (44.1MB) NA
Old Growth pdf WinZip(1.9MB) WinZip 2.7MB) KML(7.7MB)


Layer Description Geodatabase Shapefile Google Earth
Subbasin pdf WinZip(1.1MB) WinZip (1.8MB) KML(6.1MB)
Watershed pdf WinZip(3.1MB) WinZip (5.2MB) KML(18.3MB)
Subwatershed pdf WinZip(6.8MB) WinZip (10.8MB) KML(40MB)
Streams pdf WinZip(9MB) WinZip(17.7MB) KML(37.4MB)

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Layer Description Geodatabase Shapefile Google Earth
Lynx Assessment Units pdf WinZip(378MB)  WinZip (600kb) KML(2.6MB)
Lynx Habitat pdf WinZip(1.7MB)  WinZip(3.5MB) KML(13.4MB)
Grizzly Bear Management Units pdf WinZip(351kb) WinZip(320kb) KML(1.9MB)
Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone pdf WinZip(94kb)   WinZip(107kb) KML(606kb)
Bears Outside Recovery Zone pdf WinZip(97kb)  WinZip(119kb) KML(401kb)
Caribou Habitat pdf WinZip(2.4MB)  WinZip(3.6MB) KML(955kb)
Caribou Critical Habitat pdf WinZip(172kb) WinZip(285kb) KML(5.8MB)
Caribou Recovery Zone pdf WinZip(102kb) WinZip(137kb) KML(479kb)
Caribou Management Units pdf WinZip(128kb) WinZip(191kb) KML(607kb)


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What is Geographic Information Systems(GIS)?
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing objects and events. It combines the power of a database with the visualization capabilities offered by maps. GIS provides the power to solve complicated problems, experiment with scenarios and present ideas. For more information contact our Forest GIS Coordinator at 208.765.7223. 

How to Download and Extract Data
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests uses ESRI's GIS software (ArcGIS), and stores all corporate GIS data in ESRI's proprietary format (Geodatabase Feature Class or Shapefile). The datasets available online are stored as winzip compressed files to conserve space and facilitate download. To download a GIS theme, just click on the desired link in the individual file listings. Then uncompress the file using winzip, or other compression software that recognizes these file types. Import the extracted data to a file location accessible by ArcGIS software. If ArcGIS is not available, ESRI offers ArcExplorer software free for importing and viewing Geodatabase Feature Classes and Shapfiles. You can download the software from their web site -- 


Google Earth Files
Keyhole Markup Language (KML) is the primary mechanism supported by Google for interchanging GIS data, maps, and graphics information in the Google Earth and Google Maps communities. The KMC is a compressed KML file.

There are two basic ways of importing the KML/KMC files to Google Earth.

1. Use the Data Import feature to import your custom geographic data into Google Earth and view it as you would any of the layers in the Layers panel.

2. You can drag and drop the KML/KMC file on your desktop Google Earth icon. This will automatically open Google Earth and pan to the location of the imported data. Depending on the size of the file it could take several minutes for the data to load.

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Metadata is information that describes items in ArcGIS. In a Features Class’s or Shapefile’s metadata you will find important information on the how and when the data was created and the organization(s) responsible for developing the data. These data might include information about how accurate and recent the item is, restrictions associated with using and sharing the item, and important processes in its development cycle. You can view an item’s metadata in the Description tab, either in ArcCatalog or by opening the Item Description window from other ArcGIS Desktop applications.

The Forest Service uses the most current and complete data available. GIS data and product accuracy may vary. They may be: developed from sources of differing accuracy, accurate only at certain scales, based on modeling or interpretation, incomplete while being created or revised, etc. Using GIS products for purposes other than those for which they were created, may yield inaccurate or misleading results. The Forest Service reserves the right to correct, update, modify, or replace GIS products without notification.


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