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The Land & Water Conservation Fund in Idaho

waterbirds take flight along the Upper Snake River


In the mid-1960s, public land managers began looking for ways to protect and conserve open spaces for recreation and wildlife habitat.  In 1964, Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by collecting funds from offshore oil and gas leasing and allocating a portion of them to government agencies - including the BLM - to acquire lands or secure easements from willing owners of private lands for the purpose of maintaining open spaces for the benefit of all Americans.

The BLM has been actively engaged in acquisitions and easments in Idaho using LWCF since 1990, although the agency had begun investigating purchase opportunities through LWCF several years earlier.  Since then, BLM-Idaho has conserved more than 35,000 acres using $55 million in LWCF allocations.

 LWCF Acquisitions, 1990-present

Coeur d'Alene District


Pink House
9.6 acres

anglers at Pink House

Lower Salmon River

Lower Salmon River 
6,710 acres

Blackwell Island
public boat launch

aerial view of Blackwell Island on the Spokane River in Coeur d'Alene


Wolf Lodge Bay/Blue Creek Bay
736 acres

Cougar Bay | 166 acres
Loffs Bay | 380 acres

conserved lakeshore on Lake Coeur d'Alene

Canada geese at Gamlin Lake

Gamlin Lake
205 acres

Craig Mountain
11,121 acres

scenic vista Craig Mountain

 Harper's Bend on the Clearwater River

Harper's Bend
3 acres

Idaho Falls District

Upper Snake/South Fork
 Snake River

68 properties along 88 river miles

winter sunset on the South Fork Snake River

the 2-Lazy-2 Ranch in the Henrys Lake ACEC

Henrys Lake
2,076 acres

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
Lemhi River valley

Lemhi River valley near Salmon, Idaho in fall colors with tipi

 antlered deer

Soda Hills | 3,652 acres

Boise District


antlered mule deer along the Hulls Gulch Trail in the Boise Foothills

Boise Front Project | 200 acres
Hull's Gulch Nature Preserve
  National Recreation Trail

Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey
National Conservation Area

4,120 acres

Snake River Canyon in the Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

Twin Falls District

the Big Wood River south of Hailey, in winter

Mahoney Flats, Big Wood River
253 acres

near Caldron Linn, Snake River
one mile of river frontage

Caldron Linn waterfall, on the Snaker River

remains of a wagon along the Oregon Trail in the Burley Field Office

Oregon National Historic Trail
1.5-mile segment, near Burley

Oregon National Historic Trail
Three Mile Crossing, near Glenns Ferry
391 acres

panorama of Three Mile Crossing, on the Oregon Trail near Glenns Ferry

the Great Rift, near Minidoka

Great Rift
access easement

Last updated: 08-01-2013