Nature Viewing

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Photo of an elk herd in a meadowThe Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests administers approximately 4,348,225 acres of Wilderness, which includes 5 wilderness areas. Most of the forest views are natural although there is also evidence of past logging activity and some developed areas closer to communities. You will find interpretive signs along certain routes, but for the most part it’s the beauty of the landscape that tells the story.

The Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests are brilliant and laden in rich, diverse landscapes with forest inhabitants equally as diverse.  From the grasslands to alpine communities, you may see mountain quail (an endemic species) with her chicks feeding on insects, the wild Tom turkey (a non-native species) strutting his stuff, or elk, moose, bighorn sheep and bald eagles on their winter ranges.  As you explore the National Forest, watch for creatures big and small in their outstanding habitats.

A list of Watchable Wildlife Viewing Sites located within North Central Idaho can be found within Idaho's Wildlife Viewing Guide published by Falcon Press.

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https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/nezperceclearwater/recreation/natureviewing