Field Guide to Forest Plants of Northern Idaho

Authors Introduction
United States
Department of

Forest Service

Rocky Mountain
Research Station
Ft. Collins, CO

General Technical Report

February 2004

Species description
Ferns & Friends
Descriptive drawings
Collecting and
   pressing methods



Major financial support for this guide was provided by Timber Management, Northern Region of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Clearwater National Forest, Nez Perce National Forest, and the Idaho Panhandle National Forests through a cooperative agreement with the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station.

Many people have volunteered their time and effort in reviewing and contributing to this publication.

We wish to thank the following individuals whose aid, suggestions, and support have greatly increased the quality of this guide: Peter F. Stickney (Intermountain Station), Anita Cholewa (Washington State University), Daniel J. Holden (Nez Perce National Forest), Fredric D. Johnson (University of Idaho), Charles A. Wellner (USDA Forest Service, retired), and Richard T. Bingham (USDA Forest Service, retired).

Reviews and suggestions were supplied by persons too numerous to list here with the exception of Cynthia Lacky and Kathleen Roche (Idaho Panhandle National Forests).

Many long hours of volunteer labor along with constructive suggestions were supplied by Donald Patterson (Clearwater National Forest) during the initial development and creation of this field guide.

Illustrations originally published in Hitchcock and others (1955-1969) were used with permission from the University of Washington Press. Additional illustrations have been added through the volunteer efforts of Anita Cholewa, Lisa Marie Skovlin (Sawtooth National Forest), and Kathleen Dawes (Moscow, ID).


Permission was granted by the University of Washington Press to reproduce the illustrations from Hitchcock and others in this online version.

Funding for scanning of the field guide was provided by the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Two work units -- RMRS-RWU-4552 (Microbial Processes as Ecosystem Regulators in Western Forests) and RMRS-RWU-4155 (Forest Ecosystem Dynamics in the Interior West) -- shared the costs.

The following people were instrumental in converting the guide into an electronic format: John Byrne, Dennis Ferguson, David Hall, Debbie Page-Dumroese, Jonalea Tonn, and Bill Wykoff. We give a special thanks to Tara Wylie for doing the scanning and compiling.