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


Golden Hand Mining Claims Project

Can mining claims be worked in a designated wilderness area?  Click the links below to learn more about the Golden Hand Lode Mining Claims project that is located within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area.

Record Of Decision Golden Hand No.1 and No. 2 Lode Mining Project June 19, 2015

News Release, June 23, 2015

Projects Questions and Answers, June 23, 2015

Project Area Map

Golden Hand No.1 and No.2 Lode Mining Claims Project Page

A Note from Forest Supervisor Keith Lannom


Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness


The Payette National Forest is expecting to fill multiple positions for the 2015 season.  Most positions start in late May and last through September (with end date exceptions made for students).  Click here for more information on upcoming jobs in 2015.

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).

Recent News


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


Dreaming of summer plans? Want a picture view before choosing your campground destination this season?


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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