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The Sawtooth National Forest is a very special place here in the heart of Idaho. We hope you will take the time to learn about this "working/producing" National Forest. Managing and protecting your land is most challenging - not only because of the vastness of this land, but because of the varied, and sometimes conflicting, interests and values that you the owners of this land hold near and dear. Managing and protecting this land, for today and as well as future generations, means listening and working with other agencies, implementing the laws mandated by Congress, exercising our best professional judgment and working with you, the shareholders of this National Forest.

We sincerely hope that you will always feel free to question what and how we are doing, and more importantly become involved in our processes as we plan and make decisions regarding the management of this National Forest. We are the stewards of your land - a job that we take a great deal of pride and satisfaction in. If at any time there is anything we can do to help make your time here more enjoyable our employees are here to serve you.



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Our offices, with the exception of mission-critical activities, are operating virtually (non physically). To protect the health and safety of our employees and customers, we are scheduling face-to-face meetings only if business cannot be resolved via the virtual environment. Be prepared to meet outdoors.  However, continuing our service to you during this time is very important. We are ready and available to help you! Please contact us at: 208-423-7500 for immediate assistance.

Customer service representatives will be staffing our phone lines to provide information about the Forest or to assist your needs in ways besides face-to-face.  You can reach the Supervisors Office at 208-423-7500, the Ketchum Ranger District at 208-622-0090, the Fairfield Ranger District at 208-764-3202, the Stanley Ranger Station at 208-774-3000 by phone on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm; 1:00 pm - 4:30pm (closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm), the Sawtooth NRA HQ is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday to the public to come inside and by phone from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm and closed for lunch from 12-1. The Minidoka Ranger District has curbside service on Thursdays from 8:30 – 4:00 pm and they can be reached at 208-678-0430.


These lands are a gift. Congress began conserving these lands back in 1891 for all of us. More than 100 years later, this gift continues to inspire, restore, and provide. From offering nearly endless ways to play to providing water, clean air, and resources for millions, each of the 174 forests and grasslands highlights the best of America’s public lands heritage. The U.S. Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation work to steward these lands on your behalf. So pick a spot, choose an activity, and go. play. Visit for more information.


Kirk Flannigan Named Ranger of the Year

Kirk Flannigan, Area Ranger for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area was awarded Ranger of the Year for the Intermountain Region by Regional Forester Mary Farnsworth. More information...


Jobs on the Sawtooth National Forest

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The National Forest Foundation Launches New Treasured Landscape to Restore Key Places on the Sawtooth National Forest

February 16th, 2021 — Sun Valley, ID— In partnership with the Sawtooth National Forest in central Idaho, the National Forest Foundation is pleased to announce the Sawtooth Rivers to Peaks Treasured Landscape site, a brand new, five-year initiative designed to improve the region's forest health, restore rivers, and promote socially and ecologically sustainable recreation. Read more here


Badger Fire BAER Report

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For  information about wildfires and fire restrictions on the Sawtooth National Forest visit:

Fires in the Intermountain Region - InciWeb

The map below is produced by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and is hosted on the National Fire Situational Awareness page, where users may access the map in a full browser view. Additional incident specific information may also be accessed at InciWeb.



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Using Drones on National Forest System Lands

Rules and Responsibilities


Social Media

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These official sites for information for the Sawtooth National Forest.

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Diversion Settlement

2021 Update

Sawtooth Virtual Tour

The Sawtooth National Forest has many beautiful sights and historical locations available for exploration.

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