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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions have been terminated across all Payette Fire Restrictions Zones.  Click this link for more information.

Click this link for a Statewide Fire Restrictions Map

 

Our Forest Service offices remain closed, with curb side service due to the COVID-19 pandemic - please call our offices if assistance is needed.

The Payette National Forest asks the public to please recreate responsibly.  We encourage you to follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests.

 

Fuelwood permits for 2021 - visit this page for information on fuelwood permits and the COVID-19 situation - fuelwood permits are available from May 15 through November 30 annually.

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The Payette National Forest is pleased to announce that they will begin working on nine projects using funding from the Great American Outdoors Act. The projects are the first round of infrastructure improvements to address deferred maintenance on the Forest by improving visitor experiences. Click this link for more local information.


The Goose Creek drainage and Rock Flats on the New Meadows Ranger District has been hit hard by insect infestation.  The Little Red Goose Forest Resiliency Project is intended to curb the negative effects, and stabilize the area.  Learn more about the project by clicking this link.


Wondering whThis image shows a photo of the Forest trail status map.  Click the photo to follow the link.ich trails have been maintained this year?  We have two great tools to help you find your way on trails throughout the Forest.  Click on the map images (one for non-wildereness trails, and one for wilderness trails) and a story map detailing the ongoing annual trail maintenance progress is shown.  Use these story maps to determine when and where trail maintenance work is being done.

Click the image above for the non-wilderness annual trail maintenance map.

 

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Click the image to the left for the wilderness annual trail maintenance map.

 


The Payette National Forest conducts prescribed fires in the spring and fall of each year.  To find detailed information about prescribed fire on the Forest, please visit this Southestwest Idaho Interagency Fuels Treatment Map on-line map and the Payette's Prescribed Fire Page on Inciweb.  Depending on weather conditions, burns could take place anytime from April to early July.  These prescribed fires reduce surface fuels, increase height of the canopy, reduce small tree densities, and promote fire resilient trees, thereby Image shows a version of the Rx Fire Map for 2019improving our ability to protect communities from wildfire as well as conserve current and future timber values.  Additionally, these fires improve wildlife habitat, promote long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire. 

 

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Good Neighbor Authority Projects on the Payette National Forest

The Payette National Forest has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Idaho Department of Lands to conduct forest restoration work to further expand on our already active forest restoration efforts.  See this Star News story to see what’s happening locally.  Visit these two project pages for information of GNA projects o the Forest:  Little Red Goose Forest Resiliency Project - Sloans Point Forest Resiliency Project.  Click this link to see how the Good Neighbor Authority is being used in the rest of Idaho, and this link to find out more about the Good Neighbor Authority nationally.   

 

Restoring our Public Lands - The Weiser-Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program - Active Forest Management with Proven Results

Granite Meadows Landscape Restoration Project:  This is the 5th Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project on the Payette National Forest.  Click this link for a project flyer - click this link to go to the project webpageclick this link for a news release regarding the project.  See below for more information on the CFLR program on the Payette National Forest. 

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LA Times News Story, December 29, 2017 - click this link.

Work is being done on your public lands in the Heartland of Idaho!

The Payette National Forest is actively conducting large landscape scale forest restoration projects that are helping to restore our Ponderosa Pine forests to historic stand structure and function.  We are improving wildlife habitat, restoring fish connectivity, reducing road sediment, improving floodplain function, restoring upland and riparian vegetation, promoting large tree structure in early seral species, reducing wildfire risks to local communities, encouraging the use of woody biomass and providing local economic benefits.

For more information on your current and planned projects, surf to the bottom of this page.


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The Weiser-Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program

 Click this link to learn more!

This is a landscape scale approach to manage an area of over 970,000 acres across three Ranger Districts.  The program combines timber harvest, restoration and recreation improvements that improve watershed conditions and promote the health of Ponderosa Pine ecosystems.Logo of the program

We have currently have five projects under the Weiser - Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program:

Mill Creek - Council Mountain Landscape Restoration Project:  50,000 acres on the Council Ranger District.  FEIS published and ROD signed in April of 2012.

Lost Creek - Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project:  80,000 acres of the New Meadows Ranger District.  FEIS published in March of 2014, and ROD signed in September of 2014.

Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project:  50,000 acres on the Council Ranger District.  FEIS published in May of 2017.  ROD signed in December of 2017 - see this news release.

Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project:  Proposed 67,000 acres on the Council Ranger District.  FEIS and Draft Record of Decision published March 6, 2020.

Granite Meadows Landscape Restoration Project:  Proposed 83,000 acres on the McCall and News Meadows Ranger Districts.  Project is under NEPA analysis now.

As the title of the program suggests, this work is being accomplished through a collaborative effort.  The Payette Forest Coalition (PFC) is comprised of stakeholders from a broad range of local interests including the environmental community, forestry groups, timber industry, motorized and non-motorized recreation groups, tribal, county and state government agencies.  The goal of the PFC is to recommend objectives and guidelines for projects on a landscape scale that restore forest vegetation conditions, improve habitat for wildlife and fish, improve recreation opportunities, reduce wildfire risks, and improve local economic conditions.  Visit the PFC's website at www.payetteforestcoalition.org

 

Stibnite Gold Project

The General Mining Act of 1872 and subsequent amendments to the Act established the statutory right to search for, develop and extract mineral deposits on public domain lands open to mineral entry.  The project is within the Stibnite Mining District where mineral entry is allowed.

Perpetua Resources (formerly Midas Gold) submitted a plan of operations for mining on National Forest System (NFS) lands in September 2016 in accordance with Forest Service regulations for locatable minerals set forth at 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 228 Subpart A.

The Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was published in the Federal Register on June 5, 2017 and that marked the first day of a 45-day Public Scoping Period, which ended on July 20, 2017.  Public Meetings were conducted in Cascade, McCall, Boise and Yellowpine.  

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is available with a Notice of Availability having been published in the Federal Registry on August 14, 2020.  This opened the second public comment period for this NEPA process. 

For more information regarding this project, please visit our project webpage at:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/StibniteGold

 

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Great American Outdoors Act

The Payette National Forest is eagerly beginning to implement 13 projects with funding awarded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). The Great American Outdoors Act provides funding that will enable federal land managers to take aggressive steps to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forests and grasslands through 2025.


Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project

The Middle Fork Weiser River landscape restoration project is the third project that is a part of the Weiser - Little Salmon River Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.  The Final EIS has been released, and the Record of Decision was signed for this project in December 2017.   This will allow for multiple years of implementation of restoration activities. Click this link to learn more about this project.

Spotlights

Why the Payette N.F. Doesn't Allow the Removal of Whitebark Pine

The PNF has not allowed the removal of dead whitebark pine since 2010. Because of  threats to the whitebark pine ecosystem the PNF prohibits firewood harvest of all whitebark pine.

Mixed-Use Roads Safety Review

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The Payette National Forest conducted a safety review of forest roads this year. Safety improvements were implemented this past field season to improve roads with the highest risk. 


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