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




 Glorious fall foliage along the Boulder Creek Trail in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness  Photo captures a look up through the fall foliage on a trail in the wilderness  Big boulders line a creek in the wilderness  A view of a wilderness trail through a rocky path  Boulder Creek cascades over the rocks lined with fall colored shrubs A Forest Service cabin at dusk at the end of the trail


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.

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Recent News


Clearwater Basin YCC 2014 Season

Collage of four youth groups who worked in the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests

Join us for a review of the Youth Conservation Corps. Program of 2014, a partnership between the Clearwater Basin Collaborative, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, the Idaho Department of Labor, and the Clearwater Resource Conservation & Development Council.

Nez Perce Tribe is Recipient of

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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.

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Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project Benefits Land and People

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

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Visitor Guide

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Check out the Nez-Perce Clearwater National Forests Visitor Guide!