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.

Support the Agreement

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:

-for Troy: Sept 23 5:30-6:30

-for Thompson Falls: Sept 30 5:30-6:30

-for Eureka October 7 5:30-6:30

-for Libby October 14 5:30-6:30

 

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.

Pristine Wildlands

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.

Tim Linehan

Linehan Outfitting Co.

Troy

 

Shawna Kelsey

Yaak Valley Forest Council

Troy

 

Kristin Smith

Cabinet Mountain Brewing

Libby

 

Jerry Wandler

Troy Snowmobile Club

Troy

 

Paul McKenzie

F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber

Columbia Falls

 

Shawn Morgan

Thompson River Lumber, Inc.

Thompson Falls

 

KFSC News

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Citizens Need Voice in Forest Management

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Forward-Thinking Solutions to Land Management

Contact your delegation and let them know you support these collaborative efforts BY SONNY MAZZULLO // APR 2, 2017 Printed in Flathead Beacon Last month, Sen. Jon Tester introduced the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act in Congress. This prospective piece of...

United by our public lands legacy

KOOTENAI FOREST STAKEHOLDERS COALITION Feb 14, 2017 Printed in the Missoulian The end of the election season and the beginning of the year offer a welcome opportunity to put politics aside and work across the aisle on what matters most to Montanans. While we may not...

The Path Ahead

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