RAC Committee to Meet May 19

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest’s Eastern Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet May 19, 2021 at the Hampton Inn located at 2500 Channing Way, Idaho Falls, Idaho. The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. Agenda items include electing a chairman, approving operating procedures and reviewing and allocating funds for different project proposals on public lands.

Forest Announces First Great American Outdoors Act Project

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is excited to announce the launch of the East Mink Creek Recreation Corridor Revitalization Project located in Bannock County using funding under the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). This project marks the beginning of the Forest’s Great American Outdoor Act Projects in Eastern Idaho/Western Wyoming  

Emergency Trail Closure Implemented at Lead Draw to Prevent Serious Injury

Effective immediately the Lead Draw Trail #109 is closed until further notice from the Lead Draw Trailhead to the confluence of the Walker Creek and Crestline Trail. Increased conflicts and the reports of several near misses between target shooters, hikers, motorcycle riders and horseback riders have resulted in significant safety concerns.

The Forest Service will work collaboratively with the community to develop viable solutions for the area. To get involved, please contact the Westside District at 208-236-7500. Until then, take a moment to explore a new trail in the area! A map of the Westside District is available online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5407125.pdf.

Palisades Water Project

The Palisades water project is a joint effort with the National Forest Foundation, Anheuser Busch Foundation and countless other volunteers to improve water quality while enhancing recreation in southeastern Idaho. The results of this multi-year endeavor will result in benefits to the agricultural community, water resources and recreating public and shows what can happen when we all work together for the common good. Check out this video to learn more!

All Visitors Must Adhere to COVID 19 Procedures

IDAHO FALLS, Id— Continuing our service to you while doing our part to address the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is very important. While access to the forest remains open, we are asking all visitors to self-assess using the following USDA provided questions before entering our facilities:

Botany Report

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.


  • Winter Outfitter and Guide Solicitation

    The Teton Basin and Palisades Ranger Districts are issuing a prospectus to solicit applications from individuals or businesses who are interested in providing Outfitter and Guide services to the public. To be considered, applications must be received at the Idaho Outfitter and Guides Board office by close of business June 18, 2021.

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