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The Boise National Forest’s vast landscape spans over 2.5 million acres of diverse forest and grassland.  Located northeast of Idaho’s capital city of Boise, recreationists can explore the North Fork Payette River Canyon at 2,800 feet in elevation to the nearly 10,000 foot peak of Trinity Mountain.  Whether you choose to explore any of more than 500 trails, or cool off in one of over 250 lakes and reservoirs, the Boise National Forest is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s dream!

 

 

ALL LARGE WILDFIRE INFORMATION WITHIN THE BOISE NATIONAL FOREST WILL BE POSTED TO INCIWEB.

INCIWEB is used for information about wildfires primarily over 100 acres in size.  To locate Boise National Forest fire information click on the State dropdown link and then choose Idaho. http://inciweb.nwcg.gov

 

 

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Pioneer Wildfire Recovery and Restoration -

Updates and Information Regarding Timber Sales

 

 

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CHECK ON ALERTS AND NOTICES PAGE FOR ALL ROAD AND FOREST CLOSURES.

 

Please check with the local Districts about fire, weather, road & area closures before heading to the Forest. 

Check before you go:   http://lb.511.idaho.gov/idlb/

REMINDER:  MOST OF THE BOISE NATIONAL FOREST HAS NO CELL PHONE COVERAGE.

 

 

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These official sites for information for the Boise National Forest.

Facebook:  U.S. Forest Service – Boise National Forest

Boise NF Twitter: @BoiseNF

Boise NF Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/boise

InciWeb:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Hunting information: https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt

Idaho smoke information: https://idsmoke.blogspot.com/

Daily Idaho Satellite Smoke Analysis - https://arcg.is/1zfeqH

Fire Restrictions: https://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

 

 

 Watch Videos of Boise NF!

 

 

Watch Videos of Special Places to Visit!

 

Visit the Mountain Home RD - Campgrounds in the Trinity Recreation Area.

Visit the Mountain Home RD - Campgrounds adjacent to Anderson Ranch Reservoir and along the South Fork Boise River

Visit the Idaho City RD

Visit the Emmett RD

Visit the Emmett RD - Middle Fork Payette River

Visit the Lowman RD- Deadwood Lookout & Campgrounds

Visit the Lowman RD - Kirkham and Bull Trout Campgrounds

Visit the Cascade RD

 

 

Road Tripping with MP3

 

Download the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway Historic Auto Tour to your MP3 player today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recreation - View Each Ranger District For More Information About Recreational Opportunities

 

Motorcycle Riders

 

 

The Boise National Forest has 5 Ranger Districts, the Supervisor's Office, Lucky Peak Nursery and a Guard Station in Garden Valley and High Valley.

 

 

Cascade RD - Featured areas:  State Highway 55 and Forest Highway 22, Cascade Reservoir, Warm Lake, Johnson Creek, Landmark, Cascade and Yellowpine.     

Emmett RD - Featured areas:  Forest Highway 17, Sage Hen Reservoir, Middle and South Fork Payette River, Crouch and Garden Valley.      

Idaho City RD - Featured areas:  State Highway 21, Mores Creek, Granite Ck, Banner Ridge, Middle Fk Boise River, Barber Flats, Idaho City, Graham and Atlanta.   

Lowman RD - Featured areas:  State Highway 21 and Forest Highway 17, Deadwood Reservoir, Scott Mountain, Bear Valley, Bull Trout Lake, Lowman and a beautiful drive to Stanley, Idaho.

Mountain Home RD - Featured areas:  State Highway 20, Anderson Ranch Reservoir, Little Camas Reservoir, Arrowrock Reservoir, South Fork Boise River, Shafer Butte and Trinities Recreation Area.

Lucky Peak Nursery - Featured:  Established in 1959, the Lucky Peak Nursery grows trees, grasses and shrubs for National Forests in Southern Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Western Wyoming, Arizona, and New Mexico.

 

Visit Idaho's Scenic Byways - has great video of Idaho's special byways.  

Also check out  Idaho Public Television's - Idaho Scenic Byways

Features

Idaho Greater Sage-Grouse

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Comments on Greater Sage-Grouse Plans Received and Summarized

The Northern, Intermountain, and Rocky Mountain Regions of the Forests Service incorporated standards and guidelines for the conservation of greater sage-grouse into forest plans in 2015. As plans have been implemented, potential inefficiencies and difficulties have been identified. To thoroughly and transparently explore the effectiveness of the plans, the Forests Service asked for comments from the public during a comment period which ran from Nov. 21, 2017 to Jan. 19, 2018. The comments received are summarized into a report that is available online.

View the latest news about the Forest Service’s Greater Sage-Grouse conservation efforts.


Soles of the Boise National Forest Employees

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The souls caring for your forest wear a variety of soles.

The USDA Forest Service is an agency composed of a wide array of disciplines and job opportunities. Ranging from wildland firefighting, to botany, to capitol coordinating, the Boise National Forest exemplifies the range of positions possible within the agency.


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Spotlights

Fire Management & Aviation

Boise Hotshots - Retardant Drop

The Boise National Forest includes over 2.5 million acres of diverse forest and grassland.  Every year, the Forest fire staff manages over 100 wildland fires within those acres.

Celebrating Wildflowers all Summer!

Idaho State Flower - Syringa

What a special treat it is to gaze upon a meadow blanketed with colorful wildflowers! Or to find a perfect bloom underneath a towering tree while hiking a forest trail. 

 




The Lucky Peak Nursery Grows Seedlings for Reforestation Following Wildfires

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Each year the Lucky Peak Nursery will grow between 2 and 6 million seedlings and shrubs depending on reforestation demands.

Water – A Prime Reason for the Establishment of National Forests

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The Boise National Forest offers over 7,600 miles of streams and rivers and more than 250 lakes and reservoirs that beckon water sports enthusiasts to raft, kayak, fish, sail, and water ski.



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Fire Danger Level: Low

Highlights

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Watch your favorite Boise National Forest and USDA Forest Service videos on YouTube! Link opens in a new window


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It's all yours! Video library from Boise NF and Forests around the Region! Learn about forest management, employment, recreation and much more..... Link opens in a new window


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Fire Information - Inciweb has a new look Link opens in a new window


Map of the Districts for employment outreaches

Recreation Opportunities by District AREA Link opens in a new window


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Reserve your favorite campsite at www.recreation.gov Link opens in a new window


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USDA Forest Service - Interactive Visitor Map Link opens in a new window


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Arbor Day is Friday, April 27, 2018 - Order your t-shirts by mail today! Link opens in a new window


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ARBOR DAY - STUDENT PHOTO CONTEST Theme: Look to the Forest - Winners Announced on Arbor Day! Link opens in a new window


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2017 Centennial Job Corps Annual Report Link opens in a Pdf Document


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2018 Spring Prescribed Fire program -www.rxfire.com - Print new Booklet and Summary! Link opens in a new window


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Scan QR codes or use www.avenza.com to download Boise NF Motor Vehicle Use Maps to mobile devices Link opens in a new window


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2018 VOLUNTEER with the USDA Forest Service and our Partners! Link opens in a new window


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Boise NF Visitor Guide has been updated! Link opens in a Pdf Document