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.
Draft of the Hemingway-Boulders & White Clouds Management Plan
Sawtooth National Forest Plan Monitoring Transition
The Sawtooth National Forest is providing an opportunity to comment on an intended administrative change to the plan monitoring program in the Sawtooth National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Sawtooth Forest Plan). The intended change will modify the current plan monitoring program to be consistent with the plan monitoring program requirements in the 2012 Planning Rule found in Title 36 CFR Section 219.12(a). As required by Title 36 CFR Section 219.12(c), all forest plan monitoring programs must conform to the requirements of the 2012 planning rule by May 9, 2016. More...
Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation
The Forest Service has completed a multi-year plan to conserve, enhance and restore greater sage-grouse populations (GRSG) and habitat on National Forest System-administered lands. The conservation measures were released in two federal Records of Decisions (RODs) yesterday in conjunction with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) announcement that the bird does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). To view the RODs and plan amendments or for more information about the Forest Service’s greater sage-grouse conservation efforts, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r4/home/?cid=STELPRD3843381 .
Scoping Period Extended for the Hemingway-Boulders and White Clouds Wilderness Management Plan
Ketchum, ID – The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are announcing the extension of the scoping period for the proposed wilderness management plan for the Hemingway-Boulders and White Clouds Wilderness areas. “A wilderness management plan guides the preservation, management, and use of wilderness to ensure it is unimpaired for future use and enjoyment as wilderness,” said Emily Simpson, wilderness planner. Simpson says the draft wilderness management plan will provide direction for managing the resources and uses within wilderness such as recreation, search and rescue, research, wildlife, vegetation, while preserving wilderness character.
“We’ve had several requests to extend our comment period and we want to be responsive to the publics’ needs,” said Simpson. To access the draft plan, or for more information on the planning process, the wilderness areas, and interactive maps, please visit the interagency project website at http://arcg.is/28Z6RVo. You may also request hard copies or CDs containing the document by contacting the Sawtooth National Forest Office at 208-737-3200.
Comments concerning this action will be most useful if received by January 31, 2017 through one of the following methods:
• Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Send a hardcopy letter to Sawtooth National Forest, 2647 Kimberly Road East, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
The three areas protected by the Wilderness Act are the Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness, the White Clouds Wilderness, which will be managed as part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, and the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness which will continue to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Salmon-Challis National Forest.