The Sawtooth National Forest is located in the center of Idaho.
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Photo of a field of yellow flowers with snow-capped mountain peak in the background taken by John Shelly. Photo of water in a grassy meadow surrounded by pine trees on the Sawtooth NRA Photo of Yellow Christ's Indian Paintbrush in a meadow of purple flowers on Mt. Harrison. Photo of 2 people using a cross cut saw to cut a log in the Sawtooth NRA


The Sawtooth National Forest is a very special place here in the heart of Idaho. We hope you will take the time to learn about this "working/producing" National Forest. Managing and protecting your land is most challenging - not only because of the vastness of this land, but because of the varied, and sometimes conflicting, interests and values that you the owners of this land hold near and dear. Managing and protecting this land, for today and as well as future generations, means listening and working with other agencies, implementing the laws mandated by Congress, exercising our best professional judgment and working with you, the shareholders of this National Forest. We sincerely hope that you will always feel free to question what and how we are doing, and more importantly become involved in our processes as we plan and make decisions regarding the management of this National Forest. We are the stewards of your land - a job that we take a great deal of pride and satisfaction in. If at any time there is anything we can do to help make your time here more enjoyable our employees are here to serve you.

Draft of the Hemingway-Boulders & White Clouds Management Plan

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Sawtooth National Forest Plan Monitoring Transition

The Sawtooth National Forest is providing an opportunity to comment on an intended administrative change to the plan monitoring program in the Sawtooth National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Sawtooth Forest Plan).  The intended change will modify the current plan monitoring program to be consistent with the plan monitoring program requirements in the 2012 Planning Rule found in Title 36 CFR Section 219.12(a). As required by Title 36 CFR Section 219.12(c), all forest plan monitoring programs must conform to the requirements of the 2012 planning rule by May 9, 2016. More...

Greater Sage-Grouse  Conservation

Photo of a sage-grouseThe Forest Service has completed a multi-year plan to conserve, enhance and restore greater sage-grouse populations (GRSG) and habitat on National Forest System-administered lands. The conservation measures were released in two federal Records of Decisions (RODs) yesterday in conjunction with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) announcement that the bird does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  To view the RODs and plan amendments or for more information about the Forest Service’s greater sage-grouse conservation efforts, please visit .


Sawtooth National Recreation Area and BLM Challis Field Office Seek Comments regarding the Hemingway-Boulders and White Clouds Wilderness Management Plan

Sawtooth National Forest

2647 Kimberly Road East
Twin Falls, Idaho 83301

Bureau of Land Management

Challis Field Office
1151 Blue Mountain Road
Challis, Idaho 83226

PHONE: 208-737-3262
DATE: November 28, 2016                            

Sawtooth National Recreation Area and BLM Challis Field Office Seek Comments regarding the Hemingway-Boulders and White Clouds Wilderness Management Plan

Ketchum, ID – The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are announcing the availability of the proposed wilderness management plan for the Hemingway-Boulders and White Clouds Wilderness areas. A wilderness management plan guides the preservation, management, and use of wilderness to ensure it is unimpaired for future use and enjoyment as wilderness. The draft wilderness management plan provides direction for managing the resources and uses within wilderness: recreation, search and rescue, research, wildlife, vegetation, while preserving wilderness character.

To access the draft plan, or for more information on the planning process, the wilderness areas, and interactive maps, please visit the interagency project website at: You may also request hard copies or CDs containing the document by contacting the Sawtooth National Forest Office at 208-737-3200.

The BLM and USFS will also offer three public open-house meetings during the scoping period:

  • Challis, Idaho: December 5th, 5-7 p.m. at the Forest Service Office, 311 N. US Hwy 93.
  • Stanley, Idaho: December 6th, Noon-2 p.m. at the Stanley Community Center, Hwy 21.
  • Ketchum, Idaho: December 6th, 5-7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 220 Cottonwood Street.

Comments concerning this action will be most useful if received by January 5, 2017 through one of the following methods:

Forest Service Application Workshop

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Sawtooth National Forest - Recreation Fee Program Accomplishment Highlights 2015

Recreation Fee 2015

Using Drones on National Forest System Lands

Rules and Responsibilities


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Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness Map & Newsletter

Map showing the wilderness boundary

The three areas protected by the Wilderness Act are the Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness, the White Clouds Wilderness, which will be managed as part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, and the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness which will continue to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

Featherville-Ketchum Road (227) on the Fairfield Ranger District is Closed

Washout on Rd 227

A strong rainstorm washed out the Featherville-Ketchum Road on the Fairfield Ranger District and it is impassable.

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