Boise and Payette National Forests: Work We Are Doing

Fire recovery, Idaho
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We are working to restore forests in central Idaho’s Payette and Boise National Forests.

At Wilderness, we want to restore national forests in Idaho's Boise National Forest and Payette National Forest in a manner that is good for the landscape and provides local jobs. We work with local officials, residents and the U.S. Forest Service to achieve this.

Reconnecting broken habitats

After decades of building roads for logging, the forest is divided by thousands of miles of unused roads. Additionally, culverts have blocked fish migration. Our research has shown there is a clear need to reduce habitat fragmentation and reconnect the landscape into a larger, more resilient whole. This is part of our forest restoration work in the Boise National Forest and Payette National Forest.

Preparing wild places for change

By removing old roads and culverts, larger areas of habitat are created for wildlife and fish species. This is especially important for adaption to climate change. Wildlife will need to be able to move through the mountainous landscape as climate change alters their habitat. 

Part of the bigger picture

Our work with our partners in the Payette National Forest is part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. This federal program provides millions in funding for collaborative efforts. The result is visible, on-the-ground improvements to central Idaho’s national forests.