Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Forest Overview

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest lies almost entirely within the Greater Yellowstone Area – the largest remaining tract of relatively undisturbed plant and animal habitat in the contiguous U.S. Covering 3 million acres that stretch across southeastern Idaho, the Caribou-Targhee lies along the Continental Divide and includes all or portions of several distinct mountain ranges, including the Beaverhead, Bitterroot, and Teton.

The forest is home to abundant wildlife, including black bear, coyote, bald eagle, antelope, big horn sheep and mountain goats.

What We Are Doing

During the 1970s and 1980s, a mountain pine beetle epidemic killed 50-80% of the lodgepole pine in many of the stands within the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Contributions to the forest through our Trees in Celebration and Trees in Memory program have planted hundreds of thousands of lodgepole pine trees and other species throughout the damaged areas.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, this reforestation program was completed in 2003. The 871,250 trees planted in this forest are providing many wonderful benefits, including habitat and food for wildlife, cleaner air and water, beautification of the landscape, and shade and enjoyment for recreational activities.

More: The Caribou-Targhee Scrapbook

You can help repair damage to wildlife habitats. Read about our efforts in each and restore the awe-inspiring beauty of our state and national forests.

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