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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 South Fork of the Snake River flows from Wyoming into southest Idaho

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

Mary D’aversa Sworn in as Idaho Falls BLM District ManagerMary D’aversa Sworn in as Idaho Falls BLM District Manager (pictured left): “Eastern Idaho possesses such a wide range of possibilities, both for BLM employees and the diverse land users,” said D’Aversa. “I look forward to getting to know the land and the people, working on a variety of projects with stakeholders and continuing the good work that Idaho BLM Idaho is doing.”

Idaho Falls District employees attended the National Land Conservation Conference in Sacramento, California the week of October 5th. The three-day Conference is held annually with attendees from across the nation representing federal agencies, conservation partnerships, and private lands foundations.  The conference offers field trips, training sessions, and an opportunity for land managers and private stakeholders to connect and share ideas.

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. Check out our photos on Flickr 

BLM’s Kelly Island Campground on the South Fork of the Snake River now closed for season. Tentatively scheduled to re-open just before Memorial Day, depending upon weather.

Idaho Falls District RAC Members hike into the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness

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.”



Draft Environmental Assessment and Public Comments: Interagency Management of Special Recreation Permits/Special Use Permits and Designated Camping within the Snake River Planning Area and Teton River Canyon

Shotgun Valley Fuels Reduction and Forest Restoration Project - Island Park area.

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

Restoration Means Jobs in Custer and Lemhi Counties - the Upper Salmon River Region