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Coeur d' Alene Field Office
Release Date: 08/11/14
Contacts: Suzanne Endsley , 208-769-5004  

BLM to begin Construction of Native Plant Gardens at Blackwell Island

Coeur d’Alene, ID – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Coeur d’Alene Field Office will soon begin development of an interpretive, native plant garden along a third of an acre in the southwest end of the Blackwell Island Recreation Area. All shrubs and plants established in the garden will be representative of north Idaho native species. The garden is intended to be educational and help visitors better understand the connections between people, plants and pollinators.

Construction equipment will be operating at Blackwell Island the week of August 11, so picnickers and boat launchers may experience some congestion in the area. This initial activity involves site preparation, weed control and construction of access trails for the gardens. Planting of native north Idaho species will occur next spring. Volunteer groups and local youth will assist with the planting effort.

For more information on the native plant garden, please visit the BLM Coeur d’Alene Field Office website at or contact LeAnn Abell, BLM botanist, at 208-769-5036.

Download the map of the native garden site.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 08-11-2014