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Black Mountain Lookout covered in snow, Winter 2020

Black Mountain Lookout, January 2020. Courtesy photo by Tam White


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 Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is best known for its wild character. Nearly half of the forest is designated Wilderness. They also sport three rivers popular with thrill-seeking floaters—the Selway, the Lochsa and the Salmon.

Recent News


North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee accepting project proposals

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests invites interested parties to submit project proposals for consideration by the North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee. The public is welcome to submit project proposals on or after February 15; the deadline to submit a proposal is April 15. The Committee will meet later this year to consider proposals for projects that are on or provide substantial benefits to National Forest System lands in Clearwater, Idaho, and Latah counties. Funding and administration for Resource Advisory Committees is provided under the authority of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self–Determination Act (Title II). Click here to learn more.

Spend your summer in Idaho on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

Apply today for 2020 the Kelly Forks YCC Crew!

How would you like to work, learn, play and give back, in one of the most beautiful and remote locations in the Northern Rockies?

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in north central Idaho is currently recruiting for our 2020 Kelly Forks Residential Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program - a residential employment program committed to natural resource conservation and education for youth ages 15 to 18.

The application for the KFRYCC program opens on January 9th and closes on February 21st. Click here to find out more about the program and how to apply.

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2019 Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps

The 2019 Kooskia CBYCC crews pose in the field where they had been planting saplings.

The Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps completed over 10,000 hours of work in their 2019 season! Click here to learn more about their accomplishments this summer.

New Forest Supervisor's Office in Kamiah is Scheduled for Construction in 2020

a large modern office building with wood, stone, and large windows sits among conifers

Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert invites the public to view the new Supervisors Officer in Kamiah that’s slated for construction in summer of 2020. Click here to take a virtual tour.


Indian Hill Road Repair

A repaired portion of Indian Hill Road where ATV access is now possible following a landslide.

Indian Hill Road #290 is now open to motorized vehicles 50" wide and less following a closure due to landslides and associated road failure. Click here to learn more about the repair!

Orogrande Community Fuels Reduction Project

Smoke rises into the blue sky above the trees.

The Orogrande community is a little safer due to great efforts from the Red River Ranger District. Follow here to learn more.

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Photo of an alpine lake peacefully nestled within the mountains and hills of the Magruder Corridor.

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