Payette Lakes State Forest

Replanting Our Nation’s Forests


Forest Overview

The fire season of 2012 was one of the worst on record. In September of 2012, the Sheep Fire in western Idaho spread rapidly due to high winds and very dry conditions. The fire scorched more than 40,000 acres in a forest that serves as a continuous-forest corridor between Payette, Nez Perce, Boise, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests.

Payette Lakes State Forest Needs Our Help

The goal is to act quickly, before invasive species take control of the landscape after the wildfire. The need to act now is crucial if forest management is to restore important wildlife habitat and public recreational areas. The area also has the only known habitat of the threatened species of the Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel. With your help, we can begin replanting ponderosa pine and Douglasfir trees to restore habitat and re-establish natural future seed source which was greatly affected by the fires.


You can help repair damage to wildlife habitats. Read about our efforts in each and restore the awe-inspiring beauty of our state and national forests.