Boise and Payette National Forests

The Boise and Payette National Forests in Idaho are home to diverse landscapes — from alpine meadows and mountain peaks to desert sagebrush plains and river canyons.

The Boise National Forest and Payette National Forest are extremely diverse wildlands that contain meadows, mountains, desert plains and river canyons.

We work with diverse partners to restore degraded habitat and form a connected, healthy landscape. We also work to create forest restoration jobs for local citizens.

Why Boise and Payette National Forests

Spanning nearly five million acres across some of Idaho's most diverse landscapes, these forests encompass desert grasslands, high elevation conifer forests and alpine peaks. 

Work we are doing

The Wilderness Society is leading two collaborative forest restoration efforts in central Idaho’s Payette and Boise National Forests.  

Our partners

We are one of many partners working to protect, restore and connect the lands and wildlife of these forests while creating local jobs.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Strayed will receive the We Are the Wild Inspiration Award, which recognizes a person who embodies the spirit of wilderness and its transformative power.

    Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, said, “In this 50th anniversary year of the Wilderness Act, we present this award to underscore the importance of inspiring people to discover and care for our wild lands. Today we honor Cheryl Strayed for her remarkable story and for inspiring new generations to experience wilderness, which forms the backbone of the American spirit.”

  • Michael Reinemer

    President Obama will use his executive authority to create the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, an action that will improve outdoor recreation, safeguard vital water supplies and protect wildlife in the backyard of Los Angeles – the nation’s most populous county.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society applauds the Obama Administration for advancing bipartisan efforts to further protect ocean ecosystems and their scientific value by using the Antiquities Act to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, an undisturbed island and atoll chain located 1,000 miles southwest of Hawaii. The proclamation builds on the approximately 83,000 square-mile national monument initially designated by President George W. Bush in 2009.