Why Boise and Payette National Forests

Boise National Forest
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Spanning across some of Idaho's most diverse landscapes, the Boise and Payette national forests include 5 million acres of desert grasslands, high elevation conifer forests and alpine peaks.

This rugged country has long been recognized as one of the healthiest, most ecologically intact regions of the Columbia River Basin and Northern Rockies.  The sheer size of the country captures a diversity of landscapes not matched elsewhere in the West. 

Wildlife strongholds

The Boise and Payette are home to streams that provide habitat for native fish, like bull trout. These species are in decline or already extinct across the great majority of their historic ranges. 

Expansive, connected lands

The sheer size of the Boise and Payette captures a diversity of landscapes not matched in many other places. From ponderosa pine to high elevation conifer forests, these forests provides a home to rare species like the white-headed woodpecker, fisher, pine martin, wolverine and Canada lynx. 

Preparation for climate change essential

Connecting the surrounding wildlands around these forests could dramatically increase the long-term health and resiliency of the entire ecosystem in the face of climate change.