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The South Fork of the Salmon River Road will have point closures throughout the remainder of the summer/fall and in 2020.  All sites along the river remain open, but either Lick Creek Road or Warm Lake Road will need to be used to access these sites.  For weekly updates on the project and closure location, self-subscribe at: or visit the project webpage at:


PAYETTE TRAILS!  Introducing the Payette National Forest Trail Status Map!  This is a great map that allows you to see the current This image shows a photo of the Forest trail status map.  Click the photo to follow the link.

status of every trail on the Forest.  Plan your next trip with this map.  Click this link - it's easy to remember!  http:/ 



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. 


Image that shows the front cover of the highlights publicationWhat took place on your public land in 2018?  Click this link to view the Payette National Forest's 2018 Highlights.  A tremendous amount of important public land stewardship took place, and we are excited to share our accomplishments and project updates.


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.  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. 

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

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.


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

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.

For more information on the Stibnite Gold Project, surf to the bottom of this page.


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2016 Land Resource Management Plan Monitoring Revision


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.  Public Scoping completed in September of 2016.  Project is under NEPA analysis now with the DEIS scheduled for May 2019.

Granite Meadows Landscape Restoration Project:  Proposed 83,000 acres on the McCall and News Meadows Ranger Districts.  Public Scoping was completed in December 2018.  Project is under NEPA analysis now with the DEIS scheduled for July 2019.

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


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.

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 will occur when 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” submitted by Midas Gold to occupy and use National Forest 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:


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.


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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