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Sunday, November 27, 2016

BLM to Implement Annual Seasonal Closures in the Wood River Valley Dec. 1

TWIN FALLS, ID – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Shoshone Field Office will implement seasonal motorized use closures in the Wood River Valley beginning Dec. 1, 2016 and ending April 30, 2017 to protect deer and elk.  Additionally, two gates have been installed at Lees and Colorado Gulches and one gate was replaced at Townsend Gulch to encourage compliance with the closures.  
According to Shoshone Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner John Kurtz, “Nearly every winter season causes elk and deer to work harder for their food and shelter.  These seasonal closures help to protect animals that find refuge within these areas.  It is important to help minimize human-related stress on wildlife.”  The seasonal closures are for BLM-managed land only.   
When recreating this winter, BLM encourages the public to carefully gauge their actions to minimize impacts to deer and elk that could be in the area.  “Motorized and non-motorized recreationists disturb wildlife and cause them to waste vital energy that is needed for survival,” said Kurtz.  “When deer or elk are encountered during an outing, it is important to respect the animals and view them from a distance so that noise or close proximity will not cause additional stress."   
            The following areas in the Wood River Valley are closed annually to motorized use, including snowmobiles, from Dec. 1 through April 30:
·         Martin/ Big Dry Canyon
·         Croy Creek to south of Townsend Gulch
·         Big and Little Beaver Drainages
·         South slopes above East Fork
·         Elk Mountain area
·         Portions of Picabo Hills
BLM patrols these areas to monitor and enforce closures. A map detailing the closures within the Wood River Valley is attached and hard copies are also available through the Shoshone Field Office at 400 West F Street in Shoshone.  For additional information, please contact Outdoor Recreation Planner John Kurtz at (208) 732-7296.

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 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Want to Be a Wildland Firefighter in Eastern Idaho?

Idaho Falls District BLM is currently seeking seasonal and career-seasonal employees in all facets of fire management.  Visit the Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center website to learn more about Idaho Falls District and to learn about specific positions and how to apply.  It's important to note that all positions have an early cutoff date.  You must apply by that date for first consideration.  Additional applications may be viewed after that date only if necessary. 

For more information on seasonal firefighting jobs with the BLM, contact Cory Berkebile in Idaho Falls, (208)709-2440; Dan Zajanc in Pocatello, (208)478-6340; or Jeff Knudson in Salmon, (208)756-5197.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Twin Falls District Fuels Module Leader GS-0455-05/06/07

Supervisory Range Technician (Fuels Module Leader), GS-0455-05/06/07

Announcement No: ID-DEU-2017-0005
Opens: 11/09/2017  Closes:  11/23/2017
Location:  Twin Falls District, Shoshone, Idaho
Full Performance Level:  GS-07
Moving expenses ARE NOT authorized.
Open to all U.S. citizens 
To apply, click on this link:  USAJOBS 
For more information about BLM Idaho:  BLM Idaho Careers Page

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Snake River Hotshots Seeking Squad Leader

The Snake River Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC) is currently advertising a GS- 6/7 career-seasonal Crew Squad Leader on USAJobs.  Apply by November 1st to be considered. 

The Snake River IHC is based out of Pocatello, Idaho, as part of the Idaho Falls District Bureau of Land Management.  In 2016, the crew traveled 48,000 miles in support of wildland fires and logged over 100 days on incidents.

For more information on the Snake River IHC, visit Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center's page at  Or contact Randy Anderson at 208.233.2937.  To apply, visit

Follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter and search for #BLMIFDFire for more from Idaho Falls District BLM. 

Sagebrush in Prison Project yields nearly 40,000 plants for wildlife habitat restoration

Seedlings provide habitat restoration and education

The “Sagebrush in Prisons Project” is a collaborative project between The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Idaho Department of Corrections, Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) and the Sustainability in Prisons program. The Project allows inmates at ISCC to participate in habitat restoration projects by growing the sage brush seedling inside the correction facility.   These seedlings go to areas that are effected by wildfire, to help restore habitat for wildlife, especially the greater  sage-grouse.

Since April, inmates have tended to over 36,000 sage-brush seedlings for the Twin Falls District BLM Fuels Program. This includes fertilizing, watering and thinning. Once the seedlings were ready for planting, the group carefully extracted all the plants from the grow containers and properly packed them for transport. Each seedling must be hand packaged in order to ensure live plants will be delivered. 

ISCC’s Wyoming Big sage-brush seedlings are a part of a sage brush steppe restoration project planting near the BLM managed portions of Craters of the Moon National Monument. The plants will provide critical habitat components, such as food and cover, for sage-grouse and many other wildlife species. 

This ongoing project will continue to provide seedlings to the BLM as well as hands-on learning for inmates.

For more information contact: Danelle Nance 208.732.7220. Follow us on Facebook at BLM Idaho or Twitter, BLM Idaho Fire #TFDFire !


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Weekday Delays Planned for Forest Road 221 on the Salmon River Ranger District

Grangeville, Idaho (October 13, 2016) – Commercial hazard tree removal operations have begun in the Teepee Fire area of the Salmon River Ranger District. Equipment will be working directly on the roadway and delays are necessary for public health and safety.

Hazard trees are currently being removed from Forest Service road 536. When this work is complete, equipment and operators will move to Forest Service Road 221, also known as the Grangeville-Salmon Road from the junction of Forest Service Road 221G to the junction of Keating Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 536.  Work will require delays for traffic on a portion of the 221 road during hours of operation.

District Officials anticipate the logging operations and closures will begin on the 221 Road approximately October 19, 2016.

To lesson impacts to hunters and other forest visitors, the delays will be in effect weekdays only between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time.  The road will be open with no delays on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.Mondaythrough Friday, and on weekends.

According to Acting District Ranger Scott Godfrey, “We know this is a popular route and that the delays will be an inconvenience. The delays are essential for the safety of the public and the equipment operators while allowing this important work to proceed.”

There is still commercial value in the dying trees burned in the 2015 Teepee fire, however they are deteriorating rapidly.  “We have a brief window of opportunity,” said Godfrey, “and we thank visitors for being flexible so we can get this important work completed.”

Visitors are strongly encouraged to check the Forests’ webpage at for updated information on closures and delays.

For more information on Salmon River Ranger District closures, contact the Salmon River Ranger District Office at 208-839-2211 or the Grangeville Office at 208-983-1950.

Slash Pile Burns Planned in the Shoshone Field Office

Primary objective to reduce fuels and improve forestry health

SHOSHONE, ID. --- The Twin Falls District BLM plans to conduct two prescribed fires in the Shoshone Field Office this fall to burn logging slash piles in the Bell Mountain area east of Bellevue and the South Fork of Lime Creek area northwest of Fairfield.  These two prescribed fires are small in size and will be limited to burning debris piles that were created from recent logging operations – residents in the Wood River Valley may notice smoke columns from the burning piles. 
The purpose of the completed logging projects was to thin mistletoe infested douglas-fir, improve overall forest health and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire.  Depending on weather conditions, the pile burning may start as early as mid-October but burning operations may continue intermittently through late November. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mountain Home RD plans ignition of Cottonwood II Prescribed Burn

BOISE, Idaho, October 11, 2016 - The Mountain Home Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is planning to ignite a prescribed burn in the Cottonwood drainage located in a portion of Hunting Unit 39. The burn is approximately 900 acres using both aerial and hand ignition and expected to occur in mid-October or November weather and conditions permitting. The area will be temporarily closed approximately six to ten days for public safety following completion of the burn.
The purpose of this burn is to conduct a low to moderate understory burn to reduce unwanted brush and stimulate less flammable young shrubs benefitting big game animals. This previously treated area needs another prescribed fire to maintain low elevation ponderosa pine communities, reduce dense natural brush regeneration and the risk of large wildfires.
Project boundaries consist of National Forest System (NFS) Road 203 on the north end of the project and NFS Road 377 on the west perimeter. The boundary on the south and east side of the project is a major ridgeline running north/south from NFS road 203 back down to NFS road 377 and uses a combination of an unauthorized two track ATV trail, hand line and natural barriers as a containment line. 
Please be aware that when the closure order goes into effect, a 24 hour evacuation notice will be given to campers, hunters and anyone in the area to vacate. The area will be patrolled to ensure that the public is not in the project area and signs will be posted on nearby roads prior to, and during the burn.
Small, chemically treated plastic spheres will be dropped from a helicopter that ignites after hitting the ground. Additional igniting will be done by hand using drip troches, which use a fuel mix of diesel and gasoline.
The burn will be ignited only if conditions are conducive to a safe, effective burn and when favorable weather conditions are present to minimize impacts to local communities. Smoke may be visible for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours.
For more information on this fall’s burning program, contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961 or call the Boise NF Prescribed Fire Hotline at 208-373-4208. Please visit the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website at: or go to the Boise National Forest Facebook page U.S. Forest Service - Boise National Forest. Hunting information is available at Idaho Fish and Game at 208-334-3700 and