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Eye On Boise idaho department of lands archive

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018

Idahoans taking oil, gas protections into their own hands

Julie and Duke Fugate turned down repeated attempts by an oil company to lease the mineral rights to their 1-acre property here, where they moved from Oregon to retire. Then last September, Julie Fugate got a packet from the Idaho Department of Lands. It said Alta Mesa Idaho — the only company producing oil and gas in the state — wanted to force...

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Idaho auctions federal timber in deal with Forest Service

Idaho officials have auctioned timber on federal land as part of an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service intended to increase logging and reduce the severity of wildfires. The sale on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests in northern Idaho is the third timber sale sold by the Idaho Department of Lands under the federal Good Neighbor Authority...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 16, 2018

David Groeschl (Guy Hand)

Groeschl named acting state lands director

Idaho’s state Land Board today voted to appoint State Forester David Groeschl as acting director of the Idaho Department of Lands, after former Director Tom Schultz left the post to become vice president of government affairs and community outreach for Idaho Forest Group. Groeschl has...

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This is one of the lots up for auction Friday at Payette Lake by the Idaho Department of Lands.

Idaho to auction 14 lots near Payette Lake

Idaho is putting up 14 Payette Lake lots for auction as part of an ongoing effort to remove the state from leasing land to cabin owners. Officials with the Idaho Department of Lands say the auction will take place Friday. Cabin owners have applied to participate in the auction...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016

Idaho homeowners fight Texas company over natural gas well

A group of southwestern Idaho homeowners who say their mineral rights are being taken away is fighting a Texas company that is asking Idaho officials to settle the matter so a natural gas well can be drilled. An attorney representing five homeowners in a subdivision near Fruitland told Idaho Department of Lands officials...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2016

TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2016

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MONDAY, SEPT. 28, 2015

MONDAY, SEPT. 7, 2015

FRIDAY, AUG. 21, 2015


Hundreds of loggers receive fire training 

More than 200 people, mostly loggers from north-central Idaho, went through basic fire line training in Orofino this week offered by the Idaho Department of Lands. The course they took included fire behavior and how to utilize a fire shelter...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014

Idaho auctions off more oil and gas leases

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Lands has auctioned off oil and gas leases on 5,250 acres of state-owned land in southern Idaho for $263,000. The Idaho Department of Lands says Trendwell West Inc. was...

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State considers changes to grazing fees 

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lands officials are considering increasing how much ranchers pay to graze on state lands for the first time in more than 20 years. The Times-News ( reports that Idaho's grazing fees...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 4, 2013

MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013

MONDAY, SEPT. 16, 2013

MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013

Idaho Department of Lands foresters inspect the poplar plantation at the Hayden sewer plant, where the trees slurp up treated wastewater to keep it from reaching the aquifer (IDL)

Tree project aims to protect aquifer

A five-year project to use trees to promote the health of the Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer has wrapped up, with new trees planted, a blueprint for where to plant more, a boost for a Hayden program that uses poplar trees to drink up treated wastewater, and...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 12, 2012

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2011

TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

Idaho names new state forester

David Groeschl (it rhymes with special) has been named Idaho's state forester by state Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz. Groeschl, who's been the acting state forester since July, joined IDL in 2008 as the forestry and fire division administrator; prior to that, he was...

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