Kootenai National Forest

Kootenai National Forest (HM23QH)

Location: Washington, DC 20016
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.383', W 77° 0.673'

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The forest is in the extreme northwest corner of Montana and northeast Idaho and includes four ranger districts. The background photo is of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness with views of Little Ibex, Ibex and Lentz Peaks. Managing vegetation and fuels, and the production of resources, such as timber and mining, contribute to people's livelihoods and remains one of the cornerstones of this Forest. Two large rivers, the Kootenai and the Clark Fork, along with several smaller rivers are major features of the Forest. The diversity of tree species is among the greatest in the northwest. Management and recovery of threatened and endangered species, such as grizzly bear, lynx, and bull trout, emphasize the forest wildlife and fisheries in the program. There are many recreational opportunities such as biking, fishing, hiking, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling and scenic drives.


The Upper Ford Ranger House in 1933, site of the Capitol Christmas Tree. Upper Ford Ranger Station was officially established in 1924 and the existing "Ranger House" built in 1926. The office/warehouse was built by the CCC in 1933, and is one of the very few combination-style Forest Service buildings still standing. The lower floor of the building originally served as an office and a warehouse, and included a kitchen
area. Upstairs was a sleeping area.

The Capitol Christmas Tree is on the right side of the Upper Ford Warehouse in 2017.

Eureka Montana located within the Rexford Ranger District, was once considered the Christmas Tree Capitol of the World, with over 80 million trees cut from the area in the 1930's, 40's and 50's.

Wanless Lake on the Cabinet Ranger District is the largest lake in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, measuring one mile long.

Wanless Lake on the Cabinet Ranger District is the largest lake in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, measuring one mile long.

Big Creek Baldy Lookout Tower on the Libby Ranger District

The Swinging Bridge crossing the Kootenai River on the Three Rivers Ranger District.
HM NumberHM23QH
Year Placed2017
Placed ByForest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 7:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 325567 N 4306460
Decimal Degrees38.88971667, -77.01121667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.383', W 77° 0.673'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 22.98" N, 77° 0' 40.38" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near First St SW, Washington DC 20016, US
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