Other Campaigns in Idaho

In addition to the national forests that we're working to protect, we're also fighting threats to Idaho's rare wild desert canyonlands and struggling wildlife species.

Idaho is home to some of the wildest deserts and rivers left in the American west. Iconic bighorn sheep roam the state's forests and mountains, but are at risk. At Wilderness, we're working to protect these wildlands and the wildlife that call them home.

Owyhee Canyonlands

The Owyhee Canyonlands span southwest Idaho, southeast Oregon and northeast Nevada. They are among the most remote areas of the continental United States. Sagebrush and juniper cover the dry desert grounds, which rise up into beautiful mountains, hoodoos (tall thin rock formations), natural arches and river canyons.

Bighorn Sheep

For decades, deadly yet preventable diseases have ravaged Idaho’s population of bighorn sheep. Our work is helping turn that situation around.

 

  • For this report, The Wilderness Society reviewed data from more than 16,000 parcels auctioned off by the state. The analysis details more than a century of land sales that have privatized and closed off an amount of once-accessible lands nearly the size of the entire Sawtooth National Forest. Parcels often end up in the hands of some of Idaho’s biggest industries, while others have been turned into gravel pits, strip malls and even exclusive private fishing retreats and lakeshore hideaways for those wealthy enough to buy them.

  • Sample Letter to IRA Adminstrator DOC

  • In this report, we provide the policy framework for designating ORV trails and areas on federal lands, along with a series of recommendations based on recent case law and ten case studies from the Forest Service, BLM, and National Park Service that demonstrate both agency failures to comply with the executive order minimization criteria and good planning practices that could be incorporated into a model for application of the criteria.