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Fuelwood permits for 2020 - visit this page for information on fuelwood permits and the COVID-19 situation.

The Payette National Forest asks the public to please recreate responsibly.  Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues.  High-risk activities such as rock climbing or backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. We also encourage you to follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. For more information about how the Forest Service is responding to COVID-19, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency/covid19-updates.


Central District Health has warned that commnity spread of COVID-19 is taking place in Adams, Washington and Valley Counties in which the Payette National Forest is located.  This impacts the communities of McCall, Donnelly, New Meadows, Council, Cambridge, and Weiser as well as Cascade on the Boise National Foerst - please recreate responsibilty!  For an update on recreation facilities on the Payette National Forest, please see this Summary.


South Fork Salmon River Road Construction and Closures.  NO CLOSURE ON FRIDAY, JULY 3.  Daily Road Closures began in June and will run through the fall.  Closures take place from 7:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on weekdays - no closures on weekend.  Click this link for further information.


In accordance with USDA directives which are a part of the national Opening Up America Again plan, Payette National Forest Offices are closed in order to promote scoial distancing.  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 the Supervisors Office at 208-634-0700, Krassel Ranger District at 208-634-0600, the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0400, the New Meadows Ranger District at 208-347-0300, the Council Ranger District at 208-253-0100, and the Weiser Ranger District at 208-549-4200.

The Goose Creek drainage and Rock Flats on the New Meadows Ranger District has been hit hard by insect infestation.  The Little Red Goose Forest Resiliency Project is intended to curb the negative effects, and stabilize the area.  Learn more about the project by clicking this link.

Wondering whThis image shows a photo of the Forest trail status map.  Click the photo to follow the link.ich trails have been maintained this year?  We have two great tools to help you find your way on trails throughout the Forest.  Click on the map images (one for non-wildereness trails, and one for wilderness trails) and a story map detailing the ongoing annual trail maintenance progress is shown.  Use these story maps to determine when and where trail maintenance work is being done.

Click the image above for the non-wilderness annual trail maintenance map.

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Click the image to the left for the wilderness annual trail maintenance map.


The Payette National Forest conducts prescribed fires in the spring and fall of each year.  To find detailed information about prescribed fire on the Forest, please visit this Southestwest Idaho Interagency Fuels Treatment Map on-line map and the Payette's Prescribed Fire Page on Inciweb.  Depending on weather conditions, burns could take place anytime from April to early July.  These prescribed fires reduce surface fuels, increase height of the canopy, reduce small tree densities, and promote fire resilient trees, thereby Image shows a version of the Rx Fire Map for 2019improving our ability to protect communities from wildfire as well as conserve current and future timber values.  Additionally, these fires improve wildlife habitat, promote long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire. 


Construction on the South Fork of the Salmon River Road has shut down for the winter of 2019-2020, and will resume in the spring of 2020. Once work resumes, weekly updates on the project and closure locations will be available.  To self-subscribe to weekly updates that will be sent out during the construction, visit this link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/SouthForkRoadNewsletter or visit the project webpage at:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/SouthForkRoad


Good Neighbor Authority Projects on the Payette National Forest

The Payette National Forest has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Idaho Department of Lands to conduct forest restoration work to further expand on our already active forest restoration efforts.  See this Star News story to see what’s happening locally.  Visit these two project pages for information of GNA projects o the Forest:  Little Red Goose Forest Resiliency Project - Sloans Point Forest Resiliency Project.  Click this link to see how the Good Neighbor Authority is being used in the rest of Idaho, and this link to find out more about the Good Neighbor Authority nationally.   


Restoring our Public Lands - The Weiser-Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program - Active Forest Management with Proven Results

Granite Meadows Landscape Restoration Project:  This is the 5th Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project on the Payette National Forest.  Click this link for a project flyer - click this link to go to the project webpageclick this link for a news release regarding the project.  See below for more information on the CFLR program on the Payette National Forest. 

Photo of a scenic area on the Payette National Forest. 

Collaboration Leads to Forest Restoration V3 -8:26 mins
Collaboration Leads to Forest Restoration V4 – 5:06 mins

LA Times News Story, December 29, 2017 - click this link.

Work is being done on your public lands in the Heartland of Idaho!

The Payette National Forest is actively conducting large landscape scale forest restoration projects that are helping to restore our Ponderosa Pine forests to historic stand structure and function.  We are improving wildlife habitat, restoring fish connectivity, reducing road sediment, improving floodplain function, restoring upland and riparian vegetation, promoting large tree structure in early seral species, reducing wildfire risks to local communities, encouraging the use of woody biomass and providing local economic benefits.

For more information on your current and planned projects, surf to the bottom of this page.


Stibnite Gold ProjectPhoto is a wide shot showing the mining district and specifically the Yellowpine pit.

Midas Gold Idaho, Inc. (Midas Gold) submitted a plan of operations for mining on National Forest System (NFS) lands in September 2016 in accordance with Forest Service regulations for locatable minerals set forth at 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 228 Subpart A.

For more information on the Stibnite Gold Project, surf to the bottom of this page.


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The Weiser-Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program

 Click this link to learn more!

This is a landscape scale approach to manage an area of over 970,000 acres across three Ranger Districts.  The program combines timber harvest, restoration and recreation improvements that improve watershed conditions and promote the health of Ponderosa Pine ecosystems.Logo of the program

We have currently have five projects under the Weiser - Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program:

Mill Creek - Council Mountain Landscape Restoration Project:  50,000 acres on the Council Ranger District.  FEIS published and ROD signed in April of 2012.

Lost Creek - Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project:  80,000 acres of the New Meadows Ranger District.  FEIS published in March of 2014, and ROD signed in September of 2014.

Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project:  50,000 acres on the Council Ranger District.  FEIS published in May of 2017.  ROD signed in December of 2017 - see this news release.

Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project:  Proposed 67,000 acres on the Council Ranger District.  FEIS and Draft Record of Decision published March 6, 2020.

Granite Meadows Landscape Restoration Project:  Proposed 83,000 acres on the McCall and News Meadows Ranger Districts.  Project is under NEPA analysis now.

As the title of the program suggests, this work is being accomplished through a collaborative effort.  The Payette Forest Coalition (PFC) is comprised of stakeholders from a broad range of local interests including the environmental community, forestry groups, timber industry, motorized and non-motorized recreation groups, tribal, county and state government agencies.  The goal of the PFC is to recommend objectives and guidelines for projects on a landscape scale that restore forest vegetation conditions, improve habitat for wildlife and fish, improve recreation opportunities, reduce wildfire risks, and improve local economic conditions.  Visit the PFC's website at www.payetteforestcoalition.org


Stibnite Gold Project

The General Mining Act of 1872 and subsequent amendments to the Act established the statutory right to search for, develop and extract mineral deposits on public domain lands open to mineral entry.  The project is within the Stibnite Mining District where mineral entry is allowed.

The Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was published in the Federal Register on June 5, 2017 and that marked the first day of a 45-day Public Scoping Period, which ended on July 20, 2017.  Public Meetings were conducted in Cascade, McCall, Boise and Yellowpine.  The Forest Service has now moved into the preparation of the Draft EIS phase of NEPA.  Another public comment period will occur when the Draft EIS is released.

The EIS will evaluate and disclose the potential environmental effects from the approval of the “Stibnite Gold Project Plan of Restoration and Operations” submitted by Midas Gold to occupy and use National Forest lands for operations associated with open-pit mining and ore processing in the Stibnite Mining District, and related amendments to the Payette National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (2003), and/or the Boise National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (as amended 2010).

For more information regarding this project, please visit our project webpage at:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/StibniteGold