The Nez Perce National Forest is located in the northern center of Idaho.
Where is this Forest?


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 Lovely red and yellow columbine wildflower at Eagle Creek on the North Fork RD

 Columbine on Eagle Creek on the North Fork Ranger District.  Darcy Pederson.


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.

Recent News


2015 Nez Perce-Clearwater NFs Newsletter

Cover of forest newsletter with photo of Cheryl Probert

"Hello!  As 2016 is in full swing, I hope you'll take this time with me to look back at some of the accomplishments and activities that have gone on in our area over the past year,"  shares Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert.

Nez Perce Travel Management - What is changing for Forest Visitors?

Group of Four Wheelers and Motorcyclists enjoying a ride in the forest.

Cheryl Probert, Forest Supervisor for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Designated Routes and Areas for Motor Vehicle Use (DRAMVU) project.   The DRAMVU project designates roads and trails open for motorized travel on the Nez Perce side of the Forests, in north central Idaho.

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Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project Updated FEIS and Final ROD released

Gorgeous vista of Clear Creek Basin Landscape

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have issued a Final Record of Decision (ROD) for the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project (CFLRP).

Clearwater Basic Collaborative group receives Abraham Lincoln Honor Award

Members of the Clearwater Basin Collaborative Committee

The Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) group was recently recognized with the Abraham Lincoln External Partnership Honor Award.


CBC-YCC Recipient of Outstanding Project Award

Graphic shows youth logo in the mountains, streams and forests,

 Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps recognized by Idaho Resource and Development Association.

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project Benefits Land and People

5 Year Accomplishment Report Cover Image

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests CFLRP Five-Year Accomplishment Report

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