Clearwater Basin

One of the most dynamic, healthy and natural landscapes in the lower 48 states, Idaho’s Clearwater Basin includes millions of acres of rugged forests, rivers and mountains.

Stretching from the jagged peaks of the Bitterroot Mountains in the east to river canyons in the west, Idaho’s Clearwater Basin is home to the North Fork of the Clearwater and the Lochsa rivers.

Since Lewis and Clark passed through the area two centuries ago, the Clearwater has been threatened by logging and road construction. We are helping to restore key wildlife and fish habitat.

Why the Clearwater

The Clearwater Basin encompasses a million acres of forests, rivers and mountains, providing world-class habitat for Canada lynx and wolverines.

Work we’re doing

We work collaboratively to restore the Clearwater’s forests and streams and protect critical fish and wildlife habitat.

Our partners

We partner with local communities, public agencies, elected officials and other organizations to promote healthy habitat for wildlife and native plants. 

 

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society praises Congress for passing the Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act (H.R. 356 / S. 27). The legislation provides for the exchange of roughly 20,000 acres of Utah’s mineral rights from ecologically and culturally sensitive lands in the Desolation Canyon region of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation for federal mineral rights in another part of the reservation.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The draft House Interior and Environment Appropriations bill released today is a clear improvement from previous years, though it still misses the mark on several key conservation, climate and public lands needs and is laden with numerous policy provisions or “riders” that have no place in the appropriations process.

  • Michael Reinemer

    On Wednesday, The Wilderness Society presented lifetime conservation achievement awards to Representatives George Miller, Jim Moran and Rush Holt, who collectively represent 80 years of support for conservation of some of America’s most stunning landscapes and protection of the country’s clean air and water.  All three members of Congress have announced their plans to retire at the end of the current session.

    Rep. George Miller (California – 11th District)