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The Payette National Forest has lifted Fire Restrictions effective September 15, 2017.  Camp fires are allowed at all locations on the Forest.  Remember:  Never leave a camp fire unattended - Keep water, dirt and a shovel near your camp fire - Make sure your camp fire is dead out - and, the use of fireworks is never allowed on National Forest lands.

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, 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

Photo of a scenic area on the Payette National Forest. 

Collaboration Leads to Forest Restoration V3 -8:26 mins
Collaboration Leads to Forest Restoration V4 – 5:06 mins

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.

The Weiser - Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program 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 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 expected in December of 2017.

Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project:  Proposed 67,000 acres on the Council Ranger District.  Public Scoping completed in September of 2016.  Project is under NEPA analysis now.  FEIS and ROD expected in late spring of 2019.

Project 5 - Yet to be determined, but in the initial planning stages to identify the project area.

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, the timber industry, motorized and non-motorized recreation groups, tribes and 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


Photo is a wide shot showing the mining district and specifically the Yellowpine pit.Stibnite Gold Project

Midas Gold Idaho, Inc. (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 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.

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 Forest Service has now moved into the preparation of the Draft EIS phase of NEPA.  Another public comment period is projected for the summer of 2019 once the Draft EIS is released.

The EIS will evaluate and disclose the potential environmental effects from the approval of the “Stibnite Gold Project Plan of Restoration and Operations” (the Plan) submitted by Midas Gold to occupy and use NFS lands for operations associated with open-pit mining and ore processing in the Stibnite Mining District, and related amendments to the Payette National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (2003), and/or the Boise National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (as amended 2010).

For more information regarding this project, please visit our project webpage at:


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2016 Land Resource Management Plan Monitoring Revision

Please click this link to view the proposed 2016 LRMP Monitoring plan

Recent News


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.  Work is in progress towards completing a decision document for this project in 2015.  Two additional landscape scale NEPA decisions are expected of the next seven years.  This will allow for multiple years of implementation of restoration activities. Click this link to learn more about this project.


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

OHV and rider

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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