The Idaho Falls District BLM is a true multiple-use resource district, hosting everything from wilderness areas to phosphate mining to wild horses. The District stretches from the Utah border north to Montana on Idaho's east side. Over 130 permanent and career seasonal employees work within the District with an additional 50 summer temporaries hired for fire.
The District is composed 3.7 million acres and four field offices: Challis (799,000 acres); Pocatello (557,000 acres); Salmon (493,000 acres) and the Upper Snake (1,854,000 acres). Primary uses on the district include grazing, recreation, mining, fisheries, fire and realty. Approximately one million people recreate on public lands in this district each year. Over 1400 Right of Ways for commercial and private activities are authorized. The District administers subsurface minerals particularly phosphate leasing near Pocatello and molybdenum near Challis.
The Idaho Falls District has a large 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. The 30-year average is approximately 149 fires per year and about 65,350 acres a year. Half are caused by lightening and half by humans.
In the Spotlight for the District
Prescribed burns planned in Idaho Falls District; tentative start date is November 2 to continue throughout November
The IFD Assistant Fire Management Officer attended the Idaho Rangeland Fire Protection Associations (RFPA) in Boise, Idaho, on November 10th. In addition to remarks from both Idaho Governor Butch Otter and Idaho State Direction Tim Murphy, the agenda included reports by representatives from each of Idaho’s eight RFPAs as well as the agencies with whom they work. Clark County presented a progress report on their efforts to establish the first RFPA within IFD’s boundaries.
Mary 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.”
Protecting the Legacy of Rivers - Partnerships are Key to Land Conservation Success
Participate in our Visitor Survey for St. Anthony Sand Dunes BLM needs your help to construct a successful recreational plan guiding the future growth and activities at the St. Anthony Sand Dunes.
Public Comments Available for the Draft Environmental Assessment : Interagency Management of Special Recreation Permits/Special Use Permits and Designated Camping within the Snake River Planning Area and Teton River Canyon.
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