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Slate Creek runs between colorful autumn foliage.

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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


Travel back in time on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests!

A wooden kiosk, with the USDA and USFS logos on the face, stands indoors in a souvenir shop.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has installed the first digital kiosks, known as Electronic Tour Sites, associated with the forests’ new Historic Routes Project. This initiative highlights the significant history and recreational opportunities available on three historic routes on the forests - the Lolo Motorway, Elk City Wagon Road, and Magruder Corridor. At these kiosks, forest visitors combine modern technology with backcountry experiences to enhance their visit to the forest and learn more about these historic places. Click here to learn more!

Hemlock Looper

The tips of pine trees turn red after being damaged by a hemlock looper outbreak.

Recently, you may have noticed reddish needles on trees on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and elsewhere in north Idaho. This defoliation is due to a hemlock looper outbreak. Forest Service employees working in silviculture and forest health are monitoring the looper outbreak and studying impact to trees on the Nez Perce-Clearwater and other public lands in the region to decide what management actions are most appropriate. Click here to learn more.

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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!

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.


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.

Coeur d'Alene Salamander Surveys

A Coeur d'Alene salamander against a white background.

Ecosystems staff recently visited Elk Creek Falls to survey for Coeur d’Alene salamanders. Click here to read the full story!

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

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