National Forest Foundation

Rivers to Peaks on the Sawtooth National Forest

Rivers to Peaks on the Sawtooth National Forest


The NFF is working to restore forest health and aquatic habitat, improve recreation experiences and support robust community involvement on Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest.

The Sawtooth Rivers to Peaks site spans from Hailey to Stanley, Idaho and includes more than one million acres across the Ketchum Ranger District and Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

This vast Forest complex is home to more than 1,000 high alpine lakes and the headwaters of four major Idaho rivers: the Salmon, South Fork of the Payette, Boise, and Big Wood. Dramatic mountain ranges tower above the forest landscape. The Sawtooth, Boulder, White Clouds, Pioneer, and Smokey Mountain ranges provide scenic landscapes in every direction, with more than 50 major peaks over 10,000 feet. The area offers an incredible diversity of wildlife habitat and recreational experiences.

Boulder Mountains, Sawtooth National Forest

For the next five years, the NFF will be working with the local community and partners to restore rivers and wetlands, improve the resilience of native forest and plant communities, maintain and improve recreational infrastructure, and foster visitor stewardship.

Photo by One Apparatus

Some of our current priority efforts include:

  • Local reforestation including across the Sun Valley Ski Resort on Bald Mountain;
  • Restoring youth fishing access to a popular local fishing pond, Penny Lake, by rebuilding a fishing platform previously destroyed by an avalanche;
  • Seeding and replanting after wildfire to recover wildlife habitat;
  • Improving trailheads and trail conditions to minimize impacts on natural resources;
  • Relocating dispersed campsites that are adversely impacting rivers and wetlands; and
  • Supporting local engagement in forest management through the convening and facilitation of local collaborative efforts including the 5B Restoration Coalition and Sawtooth Valley Wildland Fire Collaborative.

We invite you to join us in this effort.