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 Winter wonderland in the forest on the Palouse Ranger District.













Palouse Divide


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


2017 Year in Review

The front page of the 2017 Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Year in Review.

The Nez-Perce Clearwater National Forests got a lot of work done in 2017 to foster sustainable, productive use of National Forest System lands; contribute to rural economics, increase efficiencies in our projects, foster relationships with our partners and communities, and help visitors use and enjoy their public lands. Check out this newsletter for a snapshot of some of the work completed last year, and what's to come in 2018!

Download the Nez Perce-Clearwater NFs Mobile App

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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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2018 Tammy Clark Memorial Scholarship

Rachael Wallen is presented with a Tammy Clark Memorial Scholarship award at Potlatch High School

Click here to learn more about the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests' Tammy Clark Memorial Scholarship and the Class of 2018 recipients.

Wild and Scenic Rivers Act 50th Anniversary

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

2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Visit this page to learn more about the Act and ways you can celebrate this special anniversary!


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.

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

Images from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests