Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Caribou-Targhee National Forest occupies over 3 million acres and stretches across southeastern Idaho, from the Montana, Utah, and Wyoming borders. 

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This forest is also home to the Curlew National Grassland. The spectacular scenery of the forest is easily accessible from highways, byways and back doors. The bond between forest and community spans generations through family activities such as camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and riding off-highway vehicles. During the winter, the forest offers vast expanses of untracked powder.  

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  • Wildlife Habitat Improvement

    Ashton Island Park Trail Image

    The project focuses on improving habitat on old roadways in our most important wildlife areas. Once completed, these areas will become part of the natural landscapes and continue to be open to the public for hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, and other non-motorized uses.

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Bear Creek Trail Improvement Project

Bear Creek Trail Improvement Project Group Photo

Mid-May 2022, volunteers form local groups teamed up with the Forest Service to install a bridge on a section of single-track trail that crosses Bear Creek, west of Palisades Reservoir, on the Palisades Ranger District. This bridge install was the last step to a large project that began in 2020. Over 50 people made the five-mile trek by horse, dirt bike and bicycle to come together and complete this much needed work.  

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Botany Report

Planting on the Curlew

This year the botany program on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest was able to use two Chicago Botanical Garden, Conservation and Land Managment Interns to fulfill a variety of project work across the Forest. The interns taught Forest Habitat Typing to several forest service staff, presented programs at Mesa Falls and led several hikes with citizen scientiests and master naturalists. The attached report outlines some of the work completed by our amazing interns in FY 2019.

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