Idaho Falls District, Eastern and East-Central 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

In the Spotlight for the District

Public Input needed on DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT for the Interagency Management of Special Recreation Permits/Special Use Permits and Designated Camping within the Snake River Planning Area and Teton River Canyon

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)

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.