It's one of America's great national forests. But those who live and work around the Clearwater say this forest is in trouble. Every issue that confronts every forest in America is here on the Clearwater, in spades.
Half a century of fire suppression has dramatically changed the forest. The large fires helped create habitat for what was once the world's largest elk herd; the precipitous decline has fueled the debate over predator control and habitat.
The Clearwater forest is perhaps Idaho's best forest for growing trees. But in just a few decades, the forest has gone from producing 150 million board feet a year to producing less than 10 million board feet a year.