The Payette National Forest is located in the western center of Idaho.
Where is this Forest?


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The Payette National Forest is currently managing several wildfires and portions of the Forest are closed to public entry.

Forest closures are in effect for areas of the TePee Springs Fire and the Rapid Fire.  Please note that part of the NezPerce National Forest is closed as well due to the TePee Fire.  Click this link for Forest Closures.

For information about these fires, follow the links below:

TePee Springs Fire (northeast of New Meadows - East of Riggins on the Main Salmon River)

Rapid Fire (southeast of McCall)

Campbells Fire (Main Salmon River)

The Payette National Forest is under FIRE RESTRICTIONS.  Please visit these links for more information.

  • News Release

  • Designated Areas where campfires are allowed.

  • Map of the Fire Restriction Zones

  • Fire Restrictions Order

Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

Weiser - Little Salmon Headwaters CFLRP - Payette National Forest's Landscape Restoration Project in the national CFLR program.  Restoration through Community Based Collaboration.

Lost Creek - Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project.  New documents have been added!  Click the above link to view the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).


Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project

The Middle Fork Weiser River landscape restoration project is the third project that is a part of the Weiser - Little Salmon River Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.  Work is in progress towards completing a decision document for this project in 2015.  Two additional landscape scale NEPA decisions are expected of the next seven years.  This will allow for multiple years of implementation of restoration activities. Click this link to learn more about this project.

Weiser - Little Salmon Headwaters CFLRP

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Payette National Forest's Weiser - Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.

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Why the Payette N.F. Doesn't Allow the Removal of Whitebark Pine

The PNF has not allowed the removal of dead whitebark pine since 2010. Because of  threats to the whitebark pine ecosystem the PNF prohibits firewood harvest of all whitebark pine.

Picture the Payette


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Mixed-Use Roads Safety Review

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The Payette National Forest conducted a safety review of forest roads this year. Safety improvements were implemented this past field season to improve roads with the highest risk. 


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