Wildlife thrives in Idaho forests

Our forests provide habitat for hundreds of species

Idaho forests are teeming with wildlife. Hundreds of animals, large and small, and dozens of fish species depend on Idaho forests for food, shelter, water and space. Many factors contribute to wildlife habitat: soil, air quality, water, the amount of sunlight and types of vegetation. Some wildlife species in Idaho thrive in young forests while others prosper in mature forests.  Forest landowners use forest management techniques to maintain, enhance and even create habitat for birds, mammals and amphibians while still managing lands for timber production.


In this section, find information about habitat types in Idaho and the different forest management techniques that can benefit habitat and wildlife.

FOREST FACT: In Idaho, 22 game species and 38 protected non-game species and more than 270 birds live in our forests.