Sawtooth National Forest Limits Public Visitation to Office Buildings


For Immediate Release
Contact: 208-423-7500

Julie Thomas, Public Affairs Officer



Sawtooth National Forest Limits Public Visitation to Office Buildings


Jerome, Idaho

March 18, 2020

Beginning Monday March 16th the Sawtooth National Forest will implement self-screening procedures for public access to Forest buildings to reduce the potential transmission of the COVID-19 Virus.

Jim DeMaagd, Sawtooth Forest Supervisor stated, “We appreciate the patience of our local communities as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19 Virus, while continuing to provide the services that people expect from the Forest Service.”

Customer Service representatives will be staffing our phone lines to provide information about the Forest or to assist your needs in ways besides face-to-face. You can reach our front offices in Jerome, Idaho by calling 208-423-7500, in Burley Idaho you can call, 208-678-0430, in Fairfield Idaho you can call, 208-764-3202, in Ketchum Idaho you can call, 208-622-0091, in Stanley Idaho you can call, 208-774-3000 and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area Visitor Center you can call, 208-727-5000 for purchasing passes or permits or to arrange a face-to-face meeting.

The mission of the Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 30 percent of the nation’s surface drinking water to cities and rural communities and approximately 66 million Americans rely on drinking water that originated from the National Forest System.  The agency also has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 900 million forested acres within the U.S., of which over 130 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.)






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