Stories from Idaho

Learn more about Idaho's wildlands from people who live, work and play on the land.

Idaho is home to some of the most ruggest and remote wildlands in the United States. The state's diverse wildlife and plant species are among the rarest in the American west. Residents and visitors alike see first-hand how valuable and vulnerable this amazing wild place can be.

Joe's Story

Meet Joe, an Idaho backcountry horseman who shares his love of wilderness with fellow riders and others. Joe knows Idaho's wildlands well and works hard to protect them.

  • This report describes how the U.S. government agency that oversees 700 million subsurface acres of oil and gas resources on nearly 250 million acres of public lands is saddled with outdated and unbalanced policies, often contradicting its own mandate to manage the land for multiple uses.

    90 percent of the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management is open to oil and gas leasing, even in areas with little or no potential for developing these resources, compromising potential for protecting wildlife and recreation, while encouraging speculative leasing.

  • This report describes how the U.S. government agency that oversees 700 million subsurface acres of oil and gas resources on nearly 250 million acres of public lands is saddled with outdated and unbalanced policies, often contradicting its own mandate to manage the land for multiple uses.

    90 percent of the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management is open to oil and gas leasing, even in areas with little or no potential for developing these resources, compromising potential for protecting wildlife and recreation, while encouraging speculative leasing.

  • This data map is an update to the Open for Business leasing statistics. It shows BLM acreage open to leasing around the West.