The Salmon-Challis National Forest covers over 4.3 million acres in east-central Idaho. Included within the boundaries of the Forest is 1.3 million acres of the Frank Church-- River of No Return Wilderness Area, the largest wilderness area in the Continental United States. Rugged and remote, this country offers adventure, solitude and breathtaking scenery. The Forest also contains Borah Peak, Idaho's tallest peak, the Wild & Scenic Salmon River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The area is a highly desired destination for hunting, fishing, white-water rafting and many other popular recreational pursuits.
Idaho Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is available for Public Comment
On Friday, November 1, 2013, the Boise, Salmon-Challis, Caribou-Targhee, Sawtooth and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests, and the Curlew National Grassland and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Draft Idaho and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public comment period.
The draft considers six possible management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for greater sage-grouse on Forest Service- and BLM-administered lands in Idaho and southwestern Montana. Approximately 30 million acres of greater sage-grouse habitat are managed by the Forest Service and BLM in the identified area.
The BLM and the Forest Service have identified Alternatives D (Idaho and Southwest Montana sub-regional alternative) and E (Idaho Governor’s Alternative) as co-Preferred Alternatives for the purposes of public comment and review. BLM and Forest Service officials agree that portions of the management guidance described within each of these two alternatives respond best to greater sage-grouse habitat threats within the Idaho and Southwestern Montana sub-region.
The Idaho and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is one of 15 coordinated environmental documents developed to provide a consistent approach to sustaining the species and its habitat across the West. By proactively addressing greater sage grouse conservation concerns on Forest Service- and BLM-administered lands, we hope to maintain the widest possible range of options for managing the public lands and for our neighboring landowners.
Information on upcoming open houses as well as the Draft Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is available for review at http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/nepa_register/sage-grouse_rmp_revision.html. For additional information about Greater Sage-Grouse conservation, visit http://www.blm.gov/sagegrouse.
Your Safety is Important to Us.
Idaho state law currently allows individuals under 16 years old to operate off-highway vehicles (OHV) on National Forest System roads whether or not they have a driver's license. When traveling on National Forest System roads to or from your favorite camping or hunting spot, you may encounter other drivers of all ages with varying experience levels and different types of motorized vehicles. Please take extra care to watch for all kinds of traffic to avoid life-altering collisions on roads managed by your national forest.