Recreation now accounts for more jobs on BLM, other Interior lands than grazing, mining and energy combined in Idaho


Recreation accounts for more than six times more jobs than grazing and timber and three times more than energy and minerals. BLM employees themselves and people employed as a result of grants to clean up abandoned mines, royalties for phosphates and payments made to counties in lieu of taxes round out Idaho’s total of 11,310 Interior-related jobs.

… National forests, which are managed under the Department of Agriculture and total 20 million acres in Idaho, also now account for more recreation jobs than timber, grazing and mining. But Idaho has considerable grazing, logging and mining on private lands as well.

Still, the BLM continues to spend more for grazing and timber lands — about $81 million — compared to $68 million for recreation management.