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
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
Vegetation Restoration Tour
On June 10 and 11, specialists from the BLM Challis and Salmon Field Offices hosted a tour of existing sagebrush steppe restoration projects located in the Mackay, Upper Pahsimeroi and Leadore areas. The restoration projects were implemented in these areas with the goal of restoring herbaceous understory vegetation in sagebrush areas to improve sage grouse habitat. Staff members from the BLM, IDFG, USFWS, NRCS, and University of Idaho Extension toured the three existing project areas to discuss and gather ideas from the participants for implementing future proposed projects in the Salmon and Challis areas. Discussions included evaluating the successes and what could be improved for future proposed projects.
The Idaho Falls District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) Tours Soda Hills and Bear River Narrows
The District RAC met in Pocatello June16-17 for new member orientation and to tour some of the project occurring in the Pocatello Field Office. Dan Isaak, a fish researcher for the Forest Service in Boise attended the event and provided a dynamic and entertaining discussion on climate change and the impact it is having on cold water fish species. The tour consisted of driving to Soda Hills to see various fuel projects, allotment work and partnership collaboration that has saved hundreds of acres of important mule deer habitat. Following that discussion the group headed to the Bear River Narrows to discuss a possible dam project that FERC is currently considering. If allowed, the new dam would wipe out a popular recreation area and BLM campgrounds.