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.
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...
Sawtooth National Forest implements Fire Restrictions
TWIN FALLS, Idaho - Because the threat of wildfire danger is increasing throughout south-central Idaho, local wildland fire management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, effective August 8, 2016. These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice, and are intended to decrease the chance of any preventable fires. More...
Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation
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 .
Mark Moulton Receives the "2015 RISE TO THE FUTURE" Award
Pictured L-R: Tom Tidwell, Leslie Weldon, Rob Harper, Mark Moulton
It is with great pleasure that the Sawtooth National Forest announce that Mark Moulton, on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area is the recipient of the 2015 Rise To the Future, National Fisheries, Hydrology, Soil Science and Air Program Award. Mark received the award for Professional Excellence – Fish Management.
The award was given in recognition for Mark’s contributions developing and leading a fully integrated and restoration focused aquatic program. As the Water and Fisheries Program Leader for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area within the Sawtooth National Forest, Mark has pioneered innovative approaches to aquatic habitat restoration work for more than 20 years; particularly with private landowners dealing with fish diversion impacts on ESA-listed salmon and steelhead. His successful integration with Forest Service recreation, special uses, wilderness and engineering programs is matched with his ability to forge external partnerships, exemplified by the recent Pole Creek restoration project involving the Idaho Department of Fish & Game, The Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and others including a private family ranching operation.
“Mark has shown how partnerships can result in restoration work that improves the watershed and supplies stream flow for critical Salmon habitat, while still maintaining viable ranching operations for private landowners,” said Kit Mullen, Sawtooth National Forest Supervisor. “We are extremely proud of this award, this is the result of years of hard work and dedication.”
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.