Snippet from Wikipedia: Idaho Panhandle National Forests

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests are a jointly administered set of three national forests located mostly in the U.S. state of Idaho. In 1973, major portions of the Kaniksu, Coeur d'Alene, and St. Joe National Forests were combined to be administratively managed as the Idaho Panhandle National Forests (IPNF). The IPNF consists of more than 2.5 million acres (10,000 km2) of public lands in the panhandle of north Idaho, with small areas extending into eastern Washington (4.7%) and western Montana (1.2%). The northernmost portion of the IPNF share a boundary with Canada. The Forest Supervisor's office is located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with district office's in Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, Priest River (Priest Lake Ranger District), Fernan and Smelterville (Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District), and St. Maries and Avery (St. Joe Ranger District).

Idaho Panhandle National Forests is a jointly administered set of three national forests located in the U.S. state of Idaho. Approximately 22.4% of the forest (in the Kaniksu portion) extends into the states of Montana (14.1%) and Washington (8.3%). IPNF was created in 2000 to administer three separate National Forests that continue to manage themselves somewhat separately through district offices. The Coeur d'Alene, St. Joe, and Kaniksu National Forests together occupy 3,224,739-acre (5,038.66 sq mi, or 13,050.06&nbsp;km2) <ref>Table 6 - NFS Acreage by State, Congressional District and County - United States Forest Service - September 30, 2007</ref> in northern Idaho (better known as the Idaho Panhandle). The northernmost portion of the IPNF shares a boundary with Canada. Its headquarters are located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.


The Idaho Panhandle National Forests contain a wide variety of wildlife. Whitetail Deer, Mule Deer, Elk, Moose, Coyote, Wolf, Bobcat, Cougar, Wolverine, Black Bear and even Grizzly Bear are seen there. Bird species include Wild Turkey, Blue Jays, California Quail, numerous species of Grouse, Osprey, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle and numerous types of owls. The rivers and lakes in the Panhandle hold some of the best fishing locations in the world.

Wilderness areas

There are two officially designated wilderness areas within Idaho Panhandle National Forests that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Both lie within the Kaniksu National Forest section and extend into neighboring National Forests (as indicated).


Further reading

  • Ferguson, D.E. and A.C. Zack. (2006). Establishment record for the Wellner Cliffs Research Natural Area: Priest River Experimental Forest, Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Bonner County, Idaho [RMRS General Technical Report GTR-170WWW]. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.
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