Welcome to the Sawtooth National Forest!
The Sawtooth National Forest is a very special place here in the heart of Idaho. We hope you will take the time to learn about this "working/producing" National Forest. Managing and protecting your land is most challenging - not only because of the vastness of this land, but because of the varied, and sometimes conflicting, interests and values that you the owners of this land hold near and dear. Managing and protecting this land, for today and as well as future generations, means listening and working with other agencies, implementing the laws mandated by Congress, exercising our best professional judgment and working with you, the shareholders of this National Forest. We sincerely hope that you will always feel free to question what and how we are doing, and more importantly become involved in our processes as we plan and make decisions regarding the management of this National Forest. We are the stewards of your land - a job that we take a great deal of pride and satisfaction in. If at any time there is anything we can do to help make your time here more enjoyable our employees are here to serve you.
Idaho Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is available for Public Comment
On Friday, November 1, 2013, the Boise, Salmon-Challis, Caribou-Targhee, Sawtooth and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests, the Curlew National Grassland and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Draft Idaho and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public comment period.
The draft considers six possible management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for greater sage-grouse on Forest Service- and BLM-administered lands in Idaho and southwestern Montana. Approximately 30 million acres of greater sage-grouse habitat are managed by the Forest Service and BLM in the identified area.
The BLM and the Forest Service have identified Alternatives D (Idaho and Southwest Montana sub-regional alternative) and E (Idaho Governor’s Alternative) as co-Preferred Alternatives for the purposes of public comment and review. BLM and Forest Service officials agree that portions of the management guidance described within each of these two alternatives respond best to greater sage-grouse habitat threats within the Idaho and Southwestern Montana sub-region.
The Idaho and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is one of 15 coordinated environmental documents developed to provide a consistent approach to sustaining the species and its habitat across the West. By proactively addressing greater sage grouse conservation concerns on Forest Service- and BLM-administered lands, we hope to maintain the widest possible range of options for managing the public lands and for our neighboring landowners.
Information on upcoming open houses as well as the Draft Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is available for review on the BLM-Idaho's web site. For additional information about Greater Sage-Grouse conservation, visit the BLM Sage-Grouse web site.
Current Closures in Effect
Beaver Creek Fire -
Ketchum Ranger District
Fairfield Ranger District
Beaver Creek Fire BAER Assessment
Beaver Creek Fire Burned-Area Report
Kelley Creek Fire
Little Queens Fire
Hunting Season: For information regarding Hunting Areas that are closed, please continue to contact the Idaho Department of Fish and Game directly at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/
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