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Welcome to the
Kootenai National Forest

The Kootenai National Forest is located in the Northwest corner of Montana and the Northeast corner of Idaho on the Canadian border. Providing abundant recreation and a wealth of natural resources, the Kootenai is a perfect place to relax and enjoy your National Forests!

2018 Fire Information

Stage II Fire Restrictions in Effect

Effective at 0001 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Thursday, August 16th, 2018 the KNF will be under Stage II Fire Restrictions. 

Forest Wildfire Information Map

See the Facebook posts below for more information on the fires.

Ten Mile & Sterling Fire Complex

The Ten Mile Fire and Sterling Fire Complex is located on the Rexford/Fortine District.  There is no Inciweb established yet for the Sterling Fires Complex.

Three Rivers Ranger District Fire Information

Libby District Fire Information

Cabinet Ranger District Fire Information

Grizzly Bear Amendment FEIS and Draft Record of Decision

The 60-day opportunity to object to the Flathead National Forest's forest plan and Regional Forester's species of conservation list, the NCDE Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy forest plan amendments for the Helena-Lewis and Clark, Kootenai, and Lolo National Forests, or the associated final environmental impact statement ended on February 12, 2018. Additional information is available at:

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Ten Lakes Travel Management Plan

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The Fortine Ranger District has developed a Proposed Action for the Ten Lakes Travel Management Plan. The project area is located North and East of Eureka, Montana and includes 64,177 acres.  The interactive mapping tool is available to submit information for this project.

2015 Forest Plan

Faye Krueger, Regional Forester for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s Northern Region, has signed the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Kootenai National Forests’ revised Forest Plan.

The Record of Decision, 2015 Forest Plan, and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are available on the Land and Resource Management – Planning page.

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  • Food Storage Order
    A food storage order signed in 2011 requires food storage practice across the Forest to reduce the potential for human-wildlife encounters.
  • Weed Free Forage
    It is a violation of rule (FS) and law (State of Montana) to utilize forage or mulch materials that contain the seeds of noxious weeds.
  • Protect Your Forest
    Report crime on your National Forest or Grassland using this form.