These lands are a gift. Congress began conserving these lands back in 1891 for all of us. More than 100 years later, this gift continues to inspire, restore, and provide. From offering nearly endless ways to play to providing water, clean air, and resources for millions, each of the 174 forests and grasslands highlights the best of America’s public lands heritage. The U.S. Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation work to steward these lands on your behalf. So pick a spot, choose an activity, and go. play. Visit itsallyours.us for more information.
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.
The 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 www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r4/home/?cid=STELPRD3843381 .
Sustaining Forests and Grasslands External Award
The Henslee Family of Salmon Falls Land & Livestock Company and Nora Rasure
This award recognizes Forest Service individuals, work units, partnerships, or groups that have demonstrated major achievements in restoring, sustaining, and/or enhancing the Nation’s forests and grasslands. The nominated achievement must have demonstrated actions that resulted in effective and measurable outcomes in preventing or mitigating disturbance from fire, invasive species, insects, or disease outbreaks and restoring the resiliency of our forest and grassland ecosystems.
This external award went to the Henslee Family of Salmon Falls Land & Livestock. The Henslee Family has been a leader for several generations within the headwaters of the Salmon River in adapting traditional agriculture practices to also recognize and protect the landscape. In 2015, Mike and Mark implemented a comprehensive change to their irrigation system and practices.
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.