The 12 million acres of public land the BLM manages in Idaho support a diversity of fish, wildlife and plant species that together represent a resource and a use of public lands.
When authorizing recreation, livestock grazing, energy development, forestry uses, and other activities, the BLM also considers and accounts for the needs of wildlife, fish and wild plants.
The BLM manages these resources in cooperation with other Federal agencies and State fish and game authorities. In general, unless a species is listed under the Endangered Species Act, states have jurisdiction over wildlife and wild plants, while landowners or land management agencies are responsible for the habitats that support those species.
By including habitat among the multiple uses of public lands, the BLM helps ensure self-sustaining wildlife and wild plant populations, and a natural abundance and diversity of species on those lands.