Public input sought for recreation site improvements in north Idaho

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management Coeur d’Alene Field Office is proposing enhancements at two recreations sites and will seek funding through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) grants and funding program.  

As part of the grant request process, the field office is seeking public comment for proposals at the following recreation sites:

Wallace Forest Conservation Area at Blue Creek Bay: The field office will seek funds through IDPR’s Recreation Trails Program to further enhance and develop non-motorized trails and education opportunities in the recreation area focused on the west side of the recreation area. Funds would assist with developing an additional 1.5 miles of purpose-built mountain bike trails, developing an adequate equestrian parking area, and improving other trail opportunities as identified within the 2017 environmental assessment for the area. The BLM plans to partner with the Lake City Trail Alliance and North Idaho College’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program as well with the development of the trail systems in the recreation area.

Huckleberry Campground hazardous tree removal: The field office plans to seek funds from IDPR’s Recreational Vehicle (RV) Fund to assist with removal of hazardous trees at the Huckleberry Campground. The popular RV campground, located 30 miles east of St. Maries, receives over 12,000 visitors each season. Hazardous tree removal is necessary to mitigate any potential public health and safety concerns at the campground.  

Comments can be sent electronically to Jake Bachtel, outdoor recreation planner, at or by mail to Bureau of Land Management, attn: Jake Bachtel, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815. Comments are most useful if received by Jan. 30, 2020. 


This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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Bureau of Land Management


Coeur d'Alene Field Office


Jake Bachtel
Suzanne Endsley