BLM Idaho Falls District in Eastern Idaho
Idaho Falls District Office | Eastern Idaho Visitor Information Center
Field Offices: Challis, Pocatello, Salmon, and Upper Snake
The Idaho Falls District BLM is a true multiple resource district, hosting everything from the largest phosphate mining program in the nation to a solid wild horse and burro program. A wide array of land uses occur on the District, which stretches from the Utah border north to Montana, west to Craters of the Moon and east to the Wyoming border. Over 130 permanent and career seasonal employees work within the District – when the summer temporaries are hired for fire – we are closer to 180 employees.
The District is composed 3.7 million acres and broken down into four field offices: Challis (799,000 acres); Pocatello (557,000 acres); Salmon (493,000 acres) and the Upper Snake (1,854,000 acres). Major activities on the district include grazing, recreation, mining, fisheries, fire and realty. The District authorizes over 1400 Right of Ways for various commercial and private activities. Several Realty Specialists work together to complete multiple high priority projects and increasingly heavy workloads. The District is responsible for subsurface minerals throughout the area and is particularly active in the phosphate leases near Soda Springs, Idaho and the molybdenum Mine near Challis, Idaho.
The Idaho Falls District has a vast fire program, staffing 18 engine crews, one Tanker Base, two dozers, two interagency dispatch centers, nine fire stations and the 20-person Snake River Hotshot crew; it is a busy place in the summer. While the 2014 fire season was relatively quiet for the District that is not the norm. The 30-year average is approximately 149 fires per year and about 65,350 acres a year with a 50/50 split between human and lightning fires.
In the Spotlight for the District
Field offices in the Idaho Falls District had hundreds of volunteers at several locations on National Public Lands Day, Saturday September 26, 2015. Read all about it Challis, Pocatello, Salmon, and Upper Snake.
BLM’s Kelly Island Campground on the South Fork of the Snake River will close for the season on Sept. 29, 2015 at 1 p.m. At that time, the main gate will be locked at this time and camping facilities winterized. Kelly Island Campground traditionally opens just before Memorial Day, depending upon weather.
The Idaho Falls District RAC Members hike into the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness with the District Management Team on September 23, 2015.
The Resource Advisory Council (RAC) from BLM's Idaho Falls District recently visited a riparian restoration project along the East Fork of the Salmon River in the White Clouds Wilderness. Bioengineering techniques will be used to stabilize the river bank protecting threatened Snake River Chinook salmon, Snake River steelhead and Columbia Basin bull trout.
“I'm impressed with quality of work and professionalism of BLM employees,” said RAC member Babette Thorpe, Swan Valley, following a presentation from BLM's Challis Field Office hydrologist Mike Whitson and fisheries biologists, Ryan Beatty and Eric Reiland. “They're smart and creative in their solutions to riparian area restoration.”
Rasmussen Valley Mine DRAFT Environmental Impact Statement Available for Public Review, Pocatello Field Office. November 2 is the last day of the 45-day public comment period.
BLM Challis Field Office Celebrates New Wilderness
Idaho Falls Resource Advisory Council Meeting Scheduled for September 22-23 in Challis
BLM to Maintain Seasonal Restriction on Travel for Lands Managed by Challis Field Office: Seasonal Route Restrictions Begin October 1
University of Idaho 4-H Clubs and BLM Partner to Showcase Wild Horse Yearlings
Public Input invited for the Shotgun Valley Fuels Reduction and Forest Restoration Project - Island Park area. There is a meeting scheduled for July 16 at the BLM Upper Snake Field Office In Idaho Falls.
Public Input Needed to Create Activity Management Plan along Blackfoot River
DOI Secretary Jewell Announces Comprehensive Rangeland Fire Strategy to Restore & Protect Sagebrush Lands (05/19/15)
Restoration Means Jobs in Custer and Lemhi Counties - the Upper Salmon River Region