Welcome to the Kootenai National Forest
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 fs.usda.gov/kootenai 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.
Stage I Fire Restrictions are Now in Effect
Conditions are right for wildland fires. As a precaution, Stage I Fire Restrictions are now in effect for Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders Counties as of 0001 a.m. on Friday the 3rd of July 2015. Restrictions cover all private, state, and federal lands, including Flathead and Kootenai National Forests and Glacier National Park. Under Stage I Restrictions, fires are prohibited except within designated recreation sites. Click here for updated (7/21/2015) Fire Restriction Information and reference our Forest Flyer for more information. For other fire restriction information go to www.firerestrictions.us.
Montanore Project Final EIS and Draft Record of Decision
The Kootenai National Forest has issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) and Errata, and the Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Montanore Project. The Montanore Project is a proposed underground copper and silver mine located about 18 miles south of Libby near the Cabinet Mountains of northwestern Montana.
Kootenai NF Newspaper of Record Change
Effective March 1, 2015, the Newspaper of Record for the Kootenai National Forest will become the Missoulian (previously the Daily Interlake). The Newspaper of Record is to be used by all Kootenai National Forest Ranger Districts and the Supervisor's Office to publish legal notices for public comment and decisions subject to predecisional administrative review under 36 CFR 218 and 219. For more information, view Federal Register Notice 6498 Vol. 80 No. 24 dated February 5, 2015 (pdf).