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 A photo of Big Stew Creek, which feeds into the Wild and Scenic Lochsa River

Big Stew Creek where it meets the Lochsa River

 

About the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests, Idaho

Welcome to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests - 4.0 million acres of beautiful and diverse land, located in North Central Idaho. From the dry, rugged canyons of the Salmon River to the moist cedar forests of the Selway drainage to the rolling uplands of the Palouse, the forest offers something for everyone.

This vast, diverse area is managed to provide a variety of goods and services including breathtaking scenery, wilderness, wildlife, fisheries, timber harvest, livestock grazing, mining, pristine water quality and a wide array of recreation opportunities.

The Forests are best known for their wild character. Nearly half of the Forests are designated wilderness. They also sport three rivers popular with thrill-seeking floaters—the Selway, the Lochsa and the Salmon.

Recent News


Features

Celebrate Wild and Scenic Rivers during Lochsa Madness

The official logo for the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

Every year, Memorial Day Weekend draws a crowd of people to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests for Lochsa Madness - a weekend of river adventure as whitewater enthusiasts take advantage of spring runoff and wild water on the Lochsa River. This year, the celebration will be bigger and better than ever, with events all weekend long celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.


Download the Nez Perce-Clearwater NFs Mobile App

NPClwNFs App Promo Sign

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is excited to announce the release of a free mobile app, available on smartphones and online, where visitors can learn more about the forest and some of its most interesting places. Downloading the app is easy: simply search for “Nez Perce Clearwater” in your device’s app store. It is free to download and available for both iOS and Android.


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Spotlights

Nez Perce-Clearwater Applying for State of Idaho Grants

Lovely red and yellow columbine wildflower at Eagle Creek on the North Fork RD

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is currently applying for grant funding from Idaho Parks and Recreation programs.

Local Forest Service Programs Recognized at Regional Awards Ceremony

2017 Regional Forester Honor Awards Ceremony

Employees from two programs on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests were presented with 2017 Regional Forester Honor Awards.

 




Selway River Bank Stabilization Project

A group shot of those who participated in the Selway River Bank Stabilization project.

A collaborative restoration project helped protect and preserve an important Nez Perce Tribe heritage site in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

Preservation Field School Spends Summer at Fenn Ranger Station

Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School

Students from University of Oregon's Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School worked on projects at Fenn Ranger Station this summer.



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