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Wild and Scenic Lochsa and Selway Rivers Stewardship Project

Funding Status

$2,640.00 of $8,070.00
33% funded|

Location Name: Highway 12 corridor, Idaho County, Idaho

Nearest Town/City, State: Lowell, Idaho

Project Partners: USDA Forest Service, Idaho Wildlife Federation

Project Description

This project on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests includes stewardship projects at both developed and undeveloped recreation sites on the Lochsa and Selway Rivers in Idaho. These rivers were two of the first Congressionally designated Wild and Scenic River corridors in the nation, and they draw tens of thousands of hikers, boaters, and campers every year. The project’s stewardship activities will include general clean up, brushing, riverbank stabilization, updating signage, maintaining trails, and travel management at 5+ developed and dispersed recreation sites, covering 30-40 river miles. This will improve visitor enjoyment and safety and protect some of the nation’s most precious river resources.

Why It Matters

Public lands are plagued with a surplus of infrastructure and recreation site maintenance due to funding and staff shortages that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This deferred maintenance negatively impacts visitor enjoyment and safety. It can also threaten sensitive river corridors, but proper signage and travel management can prevent issues like erosion, sedimentation, and weed infestations. Our project activities have been specifically identified by the Forests as imminent needs along one of the region’s busiest river corridors and will benefit tens of thousands of annual visitors who use these sites. This includes picnickers, campers, hikers, rafters and boaters, fishermen, and hunters of all ages and abilities.

Type(s) of Recreation

  • Camping
  • Dispersed Camping
  • Developed Camping
  • RV Camping
  • Other
  • Picnicking
  • Auto Touring/Driving Tours
  • Nature Watching/Wildlife Viewing