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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.

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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.


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!


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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!

 




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.



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