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Nez Perce National Forest

Nez Perce National Forest
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Crooked Creek in Gospel Hump Wilderness
Map showing the location of Nez Perce National Forest
Location Idaho County, Idaho, United States
Nearest city Grangeville, Idaho
Area 2,224,091 acres (9,000.58 km2)
Established July 1, 1908
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

The Nez Perce National Forest with headquarters on the Nez Perce Reservation at Kamiah is located in Idaho County in central western Idaho in the northwestern United States. The forest is bounded on the east by the state of Montana, on the north by the Palouse region, and on the south and west by the Clearwater National Forest. It has a total area of 2,224,091 acres (3,475.14 sq mi or 9,000.58 km2).[1] Forest headquarters are located in Kamiah, Idaho. There are local ranger district offices in Elk City, Grangeville, Kooskia, and White Bird.[2] It is the largest of the six National Forests that are contained entirely within a single county.

Nez Perce was established on July 1, 1908 by the U.S. Forest Service with 1,946,340 acres (7,876.6 km2) from parts of Bitterroot National Forest and Weiser National Forest. On October 29, 1934 part of Selway National Forest was added.[3]


  • Wilderness areas 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Wilderness areas

There are four officially designated wilderness areas within Nez Perce National Forest that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Three of these are partly or mostly in neighboring National Forests (as indicated).

A map of Nez Perce National Forest (orange).

See also


  1. ^ Table 6 - NFS Acreage by State, Congressional District and County - United States Forest Service - September 30, 2007
  2. ^ USFS Ranger Districts by State
  3. ^ Davis, Richard C. (September 29, 2005), National Forests of the United States (PDF), The Forest History Society 
  4. ^ Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness acreage breakdown,

External links

  • Official Nez Perce National Forest website

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