About the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests, Idaho
Welcome to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests—4.0 million acres of beautiful and diverse land, located in North Central Idaho. From the dry, rugged canyons of the Salmon River to the moist cedar forests of the Selway drainage to the rolling uplands of the Palouse, the forest offers something for everyone.
This vast, diverse area is managed to provide a variety of goods and services including breathtaking scenery, wilderness, wildlife, fisheries, timber harvest, livestock grazing, mining, pristine water quality and a wide array of recreation opportunities.
The Forests are best known for their wild character. Nearly half of the Forests are designated wilderness. They also sport three rivers popular with thrill-seeking floaters—the Selway, the Lochsa and the Salmon.
The Highway 12 Corridor Report entitled Values of the Middle Fork Clearwater and Lochsa River Corridor Potentially Affected by Certain Over-Legal Truck Traffic,dated March 2015, may be viewed and downloaded from links provided on this site.
The Rise to the Future Award is the highest national recognition of aquatic accomplishment that the Forest Service bestows. This year’s winner of the “Tribal Accomplishment” category is the Nez Perce Tribe’s Department of Fisheries Resource Management.