Idaho Focus Areas

Idaho is home to vast, wild landscapes and some of the most ecologically intact regions of the Columbia River Basin and Northern Rockies.

We’re working to protect the most pristine of these wild Idaho lands, especially important wildlife and fish habitat. Part of that work includes restoring and connecting large landscapes.

Clearwater Basin

The Clearwater Basin includes millions of acres of forests, rivers and mountains. 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.

  • For this report, The Wilderness Society reviewed data from more than 16,000 parcels auctioned off by the state. The analysis details more than a century of land sales that have privatized and closed off an amount of once-accessible lands nearly the size of the entire Sawtooth National Forest. Parcels often end up in the hands of some of Idaho’s biggest industries, while others have been turned into gravel pits, strip malls and even exclusive private fishing retreats and lakeshore hideaways for those wealthy enough to buy them.

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  • In this report, we provide the policy framework for designating ORV trails and areas on federal lands, along with a series of recommendations based on recent case law and ten case studies from the Forest Service, BLM, and National Park Service that demonstrate both agency failures to comply with the executive order minimization criteria and good planning practices that could be incorporated into a model for application of the criteria.