of timber was cut on National Forest System between 1944 and 1956, prompting the Forest Service to more closely regulate the timber sale program.
With the arrival of the 21st Century, mining and timber production is declining, while recreation and tourism is playing a more important role in the economy of the area. The long-term challenge will be to balance new recreation and other resource demands while maintaining traditional activities and lifestyles.
The Nez Perce National Forest
Created by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, the "Nezperce National Forest" was the traditional home of the Nez Perce people. Nearly half of the Forest's 2.2 million acres is classified as wilderness. From the dry, rugged canyons of the Salmon River to the moist cedar forests of the Selway drainage, the forest is managed to provide breathtaking scenery, wilderness, wildlife, fisheries, timber harvest, livestock grazing, mining, pristine water quality, and a wide array of recreation opportunities. So, whether you seek a wilderness hike or a scenic drive, a campsite away from all civilization or a spot in a bustling campground, the Nez Perce National Forest has something to offer you. There are many recreational and historical brochures at the Eimers Park Visitor Center and the Nez Perce National Forest Supervisor's Office.