U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BLM Idaho Falls District in Eastern 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
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.
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
The Idaho Falls District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) Tours Soda Hills and Bear River Narrows