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





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.


 Rules and Responsibilities of Using Drones on National Forest System Lands 



  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 .



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.

Read more about the Sustaining Forests and Grasslands External Award.




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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.

Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness Map

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.

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