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
Interim Guidelines for Wilderness Travel Now Available
Idaho Falls District Common Upland Survey Plants
Protecting the Legacy of Rivers - Partnerships are Key to Land Conservation Success
2015 Land and Water Conservation Funds Help Preserve Riparian Habitat along the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River
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.