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View from Osier Ridge Lookout. USDA Forest Service photo by TC Peterson.




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.


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Work for Nature on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests!

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Are you interested in a natural resources career? We have a variety of opportunities available in many different resource areas, whether you are a recent graduate looking to start your career or a seasoned federal employee ready to take their next step. Click here to learn about current and upcoming job opportunities on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

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

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The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests' Historic Routes Project is a unique and exciting initiative that 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. Click here to learn more!

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New Forest Supervisor's Office in Kamiah - Construction Updates

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Check this page for periodic updates on construction of the new Forest Service building in Kamiah, now under construction!

Forest Service partners with Fish & Game to improve hunter and angler access

A section of newly created trail tread on the Cayuse Creek Trail.

An expanding partnership with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game & the Nez Perce-Clearwater NFs is increasing hunter and angler access on National Forest lands in north-central Idaho.


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.

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!

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

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