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Idaho gears up to boost logging, restoration on federal land

Idaho has more than doubled the number of workers assigned to logging and restoration projects on federal lands in the state with the goal of doubling the timber harvest and …


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

State eyes revival of Lochsa land exchange

The Idaho Department of Lands may retool a failed land exchange that could bring private timber holdings in the upper Lochsa River basin into federal ownership and see other property …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Idaho lands director to step down in January

Gov. Butch Otter has announced that Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz will step down mid-January.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 4:20 p.m.

Another 59 Priest Lake cabin sites auctioned off by state of Idaho – this time for $29.1 million

Fifty-nine lakefront cabin sites on scenic Priest Lake were auctioned off by the state of Idaho last Friday and Saturday, with no competitive bidding – all sold for their appraised …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 1:32 p.m.

Learn about growing mushrooms and more

The University of Idaho Extension and Idaho Department of Lands are hosting Growing Forest Mushrooms and Forest Edibles workshops.


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 11:49 a.m.

Idaho House flip-flops on bid to make endowment land info available online

BOISE – Two days after more than 2,000 public land advocates rallied at the Idaho Statehouse, House lawmakers killed a resolution that would have provided more information on the location …


Idaho oil and gas industry growing; new potential areas eyed

The amount of severance taxes generated by Idaho’s oil and gas industry is getting close to paying what it costs the state to regulate that industry.


Idaho officials sell commercial properties for $17.3 million

Idaho officials have sold seven commercial properties for $17.3 million as part of a plan to get rid of politically contentious commercial real estate and use the money to buy …


Historic Little Snowy Top fire lookout destroyed in fire

Officials have confirmed that the historic Little Snowy Top fire lookout in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness was destroyed in a fire Saturday.


Business use of drones takes off as new rules kick in

Unmanned aircraft are transforming natural resource management in the West. Industry officials expect the use of drones to accelerate after the Federal Aviation Administration relaxes the rules for who can …


Idaho officials want gas and oil production records sooner

The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission wants to know sooner and in more detail what companies are producing in the state.


Flare gun used, but no evidence it caused Cape Horn fire, investigators say

Idaho state investigators said Friday they haven’t determined exactly how last summer’s Cape Horn fire near Bayview started, even though a woman camping near the fire’s origin had fired two …


Idaho auctions 39 Priest Lake cabin sites, just one draws competitive bids

A 1.7-acre slice of North Idaho lakefront heaven on Priest Lake – with just a rustic, one-bedroom cabin on it – drew the only contested bidding at a weekend auction …


Bidding spikes price for Priest Lake lot in auction

Another batch of lakefront lots on Priest Lake were sold at auction Saturday in Coeur d’Alene as part of a continuing effort by the Idaho Department of Lands to sell …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2015, 7:42 p.m.

Idaho auctions off 8 Priest Lake cabin sites

One Priest Lake cabin site – an acre and a half of lakefront land with a rustic A-frame cabin on it – drew bidding that drove the price 50 percent …


Idaho to auction nine unleased lakefront lots

Previous auctions of state-owned lots on Priest Lake in North Idaho have drawn little competitive bidding, possibly because of a reluctance to bid against longtime cabin-owners who lease the land. …


Tough Idaho fire season destroys state, federal land

North Idaho forests are burning this year, and despite controversy over management of federal lands, the fires are paying no attention to whether it’s private, state or federal land they …


Idaho to auction state-owned lots at Priest Lake

In another step toward exiting the lakefront landlord business, Idaho will auction 38 state-owned lots at Priest Lake this week. Last year, the state auctioned 59 lots with lake homes …


Idaho wildfire season worst since 1926

BOISE – Fire conditions in Idaho are the worst they’ve been since 1926, the state forester reports, and things are only looking to get worse. In the past week, the …


Bennett Bay marina proposal worries neighbors

Neighbors are raising concerns about a marina proposed for Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Bennett Bay, saying it could affect the lake’s water quality and recreation along a popular part of the …


Lake Coeur d’Alene dock proposal raises questions

A developer’s proposal to sell ownership in a private beach and community docks on Lake Coeur d’Alene is getting attention as a potential precedent-setter for real estate sales on the …


Judge rules against Priest Lake cabin owners

A North Idaho judge ruled against a family who challenged the auction of their state-owned leased cabin site at Priest Lake. Cabin owners who rent their ground from the state …


Work underway to close abandoned North Idaho mine shaft

A special state fund derived from mining profits will be tapped to close a dangerous, publicly accessible abandoned mine shaft on private land in North Idaho. But first, state and …


Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer project wraps up

A five-year project to use trees to promote the health of the Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer has ended, with new trees planted, a blueprint for where to plant more, a boost …


Ockfen chosen for lands bureau

BOISE – Ken Ockfen has been named fire management bureau chief for the Idaho Department of Lands in Coeur d’Alene, the department announced Tuesday. Ockfen, most recently the area manager …


Tussock moths’ impact on fir trees visible

Forest entomologists say it’s been a banner year for tussock moths, a native pest that strips green foliage from fir trees. The moths are in their caterpillar stage, actively feeding …


Students sample forest work

Groups of Idaho students walked through the forest in Careywood on Thursday identifying damage done to trees by animals, insects and parasitic plants. One birch tree had mushroom-like growths called …


Hearing today on dock plans

An application to build 28 commercial boat docks on the lower St. Joe River – the second large-scale application in recent months – will be presented to the Idaho Department …


Conservation groups help keep land working

Loggers as well as bears, moose, elk and deer will benefit from a conservation easement that prevents a private timber company from developing its land along an important Idaho Panhandle …


Peak Adventures gets OK for backcountry trips

The owners of Peak Adventures say they’ve accepted a temporary federal permit to operate their backcountry ski business this winter in the St. Joe Mountains.