We believe that the brightest days for northwest Montana are ahead of us.
The Kootenai National Forest belongs to us all.
It is important for the people of Montana, and it is important to all Americans. The Kootenai National Forest provides many resources that support our community, our livelihoods and our way of life in northwest Montana. We work here. We raise our families here. We hunt, fish, hike, snowmobile, relax and play here. We drink the water that originates here.
We believe there is room for everyone across our vast forest. Spanning the communities in Lincoln and Sanders Counties, the Kootenai National Forest is known for its diverse and productive timberlands. Our goal is to ensure a sustainable and predictable timber harvest for local loggers and mills, and also ensure recreational access, clean water, and wildlife habitat.
Come talk to us! Community Conversations.
The Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition is hosting a series of micro community discussions. We want to know how you use and value our public lands, and the future you envision for northwest Montana. Register here:
These will be one hour focus groups lead by the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition. We want to hear from you!
In an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we’ll hold these discussions outside under shelter and limit attendance to 10 participants. Arranged seating will ensure physical distance can be maintained, but we’re still able to have a lively discussion. Participants will be reimbursed for their time with a $20 gift card to a local business. Light refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.
We’ll ask open-ended questions about how you spend time in the Kootenai, what you like about the mountains and forests, and what you think the future could look like for your town. All perspectives and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
The Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition is coming together to find common ground in natural resources management.
We envision a future with:
Productive Timber Lands
The Kootenai National Forest is one of the leading timber producing forests in Montana. The timber industry has a rich history in northwest Montana and it continues to support the community and keep our forests healthy.
Abundant Outdoor Recreation
The Kootenai National Forest provides locals and visitors the opportunity to access the great outdoors on foot, bike, snowmobile, boat, ski, ATV, horseback and more.
The Kootenai National Forest holds thousands of acres of undeveloped, unroaded, and unprotected wildlands that provide habitat for wildlife, opportunities for quiet recreation, and the headwaters for our drinking water supply.
Want to know more?
We send out occasional email newsletters and meeting invitations.
Want a seat at the table?
Help us work together for our waters, wildlife, forest health, and local communities.