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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!

Mushroom Picking 2018

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The Kootenai National Forest is expecting an excellent crop of morel mushrooms this year due to the extensive area impacted by wildfires in 2017. View our Mushroom Picking webpage for more information.

Grizzly Bear Amendment FEIS and Draft Record of Decision

The Forest Service has released the draft record of decision and final environmental impact statement for forest plan amendments to the Helena-Lewis and Clark, Kootenai, and Lolo National Forests to incorporate habitat management direction from the draft Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy. A 60-day objection period commences on December 14, 2017 during which individuals or entities with specific concerns related to the NCDE Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy forest plan amendments may file objections for Forest Service review prior to the approval of the forest plan amendments. The documents and more information about the objection period are available at the following link:

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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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