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

    Citing some of “the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth” in Teton County’s backyard, the board of commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously passed a resolution that “opposes any and all efforts by the State of Wyoming to obtain the wholesale transfer of federal lands in Wyoming” to the state. In January, Sweetwater County filed a letter with the state legislature stating similar opposition to measures that would turn over federal public lands—such as parks, wilderness, and national forests—to state jurisdiction and management.

  • Tim Woody

    In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.”  This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.