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The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is happy to let the public know that all developed recreation closures on the forest due to COVID-19 have been rescinded. All developed recreation sites are now subject to their regular opening / closing schedules, including seasonal availability, an…

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Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Nez Perce National Historical Park is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and loc…

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The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests would like to inform the public that, effective immediately, we now have more campgrounds open for public use following previous closures due to COVID-19. The majority of our recreation sites previously closed due to the pandemic are now available fo…

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With as many as 18,000 state burn permits issued each year by the Idaho Department of Lands, the agency wants to make it as easy as possible to obtain a permit online to improve compliance, provide quick wildland fire response, and reduce false-alarm fire calls.

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Late Sunday night, June 7, Senior Conservation Officer, Michael Wampler was getting ready to shut down his patrol vehicle after a long day of bear hunter patrol when he heard a call generated from an Idaho State Police emergency call box, near Wilderness Gateway on the Lochsa River.

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A contract has been awarded to Quality Contractors, LLC of Deary for the construction of an energy–efficient and uniquely–designed building that will serve as the new Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor’s Office in Kamiah. The company is expected to break ground on the project t…

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The Salmon River Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is pleased to announce that installation of a new SCAT machine in Riggins has been completed and that the facility will open to the public on Wed., June 10. The machine is located at the Hells Canyon National Recre…

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Marty Mitzkus has accepted the permanent position as Deputy Forest Supervisor following a competitive application process. Mitzkus, who has served in this position in a temporary role since March, will transition directly into the permanent position in late June.

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After nine weeks of lobby closures at Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) offices statewide, reception areas opened again Monday. Despite these closures, and with about 70 percent of IDL employees working remotely, critical support of Idaho’s economy has continued successfully.

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has mobilized wildland firefighters and aviation support to incidents in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and other states, with the goal of catching wildfires before they grow into large, problematic incidents.

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As of Tuesday morning, Fire Program Manager Cameron Eck, Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (C-PTPA) had one fire report this past week. The fire was lightning caused and burned one-half acre on Tamarack Ridge in the early morning hours of May 31.

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Memorial Day weekend is the start of what’s known as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer”, and this year the holiday weekend comes as fatality rates are increasing across the country. People may be driving less during the COVID-19 pandemic but that doesn’t mean the roads are safer.

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Mild, wet climate seems like paradise to slugs. Most of the time, slugs and snails are beneficial because they recycle organic matter and are food for wildlife. Slugs are most active when the environment is moist. They feed at night when the temperature is above 50ºF, wind is low, and humidi…

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The Idaho Department of Lands (Clearwater Area Office) in conjunction with the Clearwater Area Highway District (Elk River Management Unit) will be conducting road oiling activities on the Tomho road (Jct. with the Dent Bridge-Elk River road to the Lower Cranberry Road). The work is tentativ…