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									    Idaho BLM In Action
                 February 2013 Edition

                                         Idaho State Office

Photo courtesy of Ace Hess,
Challis Field Office Range Technician
                              What’s Inside this Issue

A Letter from the State Director                                page 3

Believe it or Not!                                              page 4

Quick Facts                                                     page 5

Annual Report Highlights Statewide Accomplishments              page 6

Hello Jr. Explorers!                                            page 7

Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative Conference       page 8-9

Successful 2013 Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby                         page 10-11

BLM Progressing on Owyhee 68 Grazing Permit Renewal             page 12-13

Twin Falls District Law Enforcement Provides Outreach           page 14

Upper Snake Field Office Educates Youth                         page 15

Bald Eagles Offer Show For Veterans and their Families          page 16-17

Boise District Benefits from Eagle Scout Project in the NCA     page 18

Connecting Children with Nature in Idaho                        page 19

22 Wild Horses Adopted During the Challis Wild Horse Adoption   page 20-21

Sage-Grouse and Our Youth                                       page 22-23

Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River Management Plan            page 24-25

Ribbon Cutting for East Idaho Visitor Information Center        page 26

German Shepherd Named Argo Welcomed to Boise District           page 27

Intermountain Combined Federal Campaign Spirit Award            page 28

Welcome New BLM Employees                                       page 29

Upcoming Events                                                 page 30
                       A Letter from the State Director

Hello everyone!

As you look over the latest employee newsletter, there are
several things that I want to draw to your attention.

First, with federal pay freezes and looming concerns related
to the impacts of “sequestration”, it is important to remember
that what you do as Idaho BLM employees has value. It is
important not only to the lands and resources we manage, but
also the people who rely on these lands and our services for
everything from forage for their animals, solitude from busy
lives, firewood for heat, trails for hiking, biking and riding,
and phosphate for their detergent. Check out the quick facts
page and take a good look at the 2012 annual report to catch just a glimpse of the myriad
of things all of you and our partners helped to accomplish. The BLM is a good investment
and we are one of a handful of agencies that returns more to the federal treasury than we
are allocated each year. Further, a great deal of what we do cannot always be measured in
dollars and cents, but is calculated best in the memories created and the smiles, fun and
relaxation found on our public lands.

Secondly, Idaho’s public lands have been discovered and they are increasingly used for
a multitude of purposes. As a multiple use agency, that is great news for Idaho BLM! In
these pages, you will see the many opportunities we are providing and participating in.
You will also learn how important our combined efforts are to communities and service
organizations throughout the state and nationally. We are reaching out to veterans and
their families, as well as engaging school children (the nation’s future leaders) in learning
about the natural world. From research and scientific endeavors, to dedications and
clean-up activities, to conservation of sage-grouse and other plant and wildlife habitat, we
and our neighbors are getting out on the land and making a difference now and for those
generations yet to come.

Lastly, these are your public lands. While some of us may not get out to the field as
part of our job, I know most of you love the outdoors and play on these lands when time
allows. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us at one of the upcoming events in this
newsletter. By doing so, they can take greater ownership of these wonderful lands and
resources that we, as BLM employees, are proud to manage on behalf of the American


Steve Ellis

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                                   Believe it or Not!
                                  Got egg stones?
                          One of the world’s largest sites!

Shoofly Oolite is an unusual soil that can be found along the Mud Flat Road west of Bruneau,
Idaho. This rare soil supports a high number of uncommon plant species. The tiny round
pieces of limestone found on the Flat are called ooids, known as oolite ("egg stone") when
deposited in larger formations. The oolite on the Mud Flat, known as the Shoofly Oolite, is part
of the Glenns Ferry Formation and one of the world's largest freshwater oolites.

 After Lake Idaho drained, erosion carried away softer
 sediments but left the more resistant oolite to weather
 above the mud flats. Small deposits are exposed here
 and there across the 40 miles that separate the flats and
 the town of Murphy. In some places, the exposed oolite
 has been sculpted into hummocks, small arches or other
 intriguing shapes, forming a natural sculpture garden.

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                                         Quick Facts
In Idaho, BLM lands contribute:                                     Are there others who might like
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- More than 10,000 jobs
- Over $247 million annually in minerals-related economic           To subscribe, simply have them
  activity                                                          send a message and their
- Over $437 million annually in recreation-related economic         e-mail address to us at:
  activity                                                          BLM_ID_StateOffice@blm.gov.
- Over $18 million in timber-related economic activity
- Over $274 million in grazing-related economic activity            E-mail addresses will not be shared
                                                                    with any third parties. They will
In non-metropolitan Idaho counties with more than 150,000           be used solely for the purpose of
acres of protected public lands (national monuments,                receiving BLM Idaho E-News. Read
wilderness areas, areas of critical environmental concern,          the Department of Interior Privacy
etc.), the average per capita income was $37,366 in 2010.           Statement.

- More than 23 percent of 2010 per capita income could be
  explained by the presence of protected lands
- In the remaining non-metro counties in Idaho, average per
  capita income in 2010 was $30,956

Statistically speaking, the higher the amount of protected
public land in a given western U.S. non-metropolitan county,
the higher the per capita income in that county:
                                                                       Stay Connected
- All else being equal, a non-metro western county with
  50,000 acres of protected public lands will have a per capita
  income that is $2,180 higher than a county with no protected
  public lands

Outdoor Recreation in Idaho:

- Supports 37,000 jobs
- Generates $154 million annually in state tax revenue
- Generates $2.2 billion annually in retail sales and

Non-residents spend more than $400 million per year on
wildlife-related recreation in Idaho. The largest single
category of non-resident wildlife-related recreation spending
in Idaho is wildlife watching.

Idaho receives over $26 million per year in Payment in Lieu of
Taxes (PILT) money from the federal government each year.

Sources: Headwaters Economics, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US
DOI Bureau of Land Management, Outdoor Industry Foundation, Boise
State Public Radio, Sonoran Institute

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     Annual Report Highlights Statewide Accomplishments
Idaho BLM’s Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2012 has been posted on the Web
and printed copies are available at the BLM Idaho State Office and Idaho’s four
district offices. In the introduction, Idaho State Director Steve Ellis states, “This
report highlights numerous accomplishments on public lands in Idaho, made
possible through the support and efforts of our BLM employees, cooperating
agencies and the public. From rangeland restoration and trail maintenance
to volunteer sagebrush seedings and river cleanups, these achievements are
greatly benefiting Idaho’s public lands and resources. Countless hours of work
by our BLM employees, community volunteers, governmental agencies and
other partners contributed significantly to completing these efforts.”

Read the report online:

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                     Hello Jr. Explorers!
Get ready to have some fun!
BLM Idaho is excited to           Nature is a great place to       Explore the Outdoors
announce the launch of            learn, as long as you know       Safely
                                  how to be kind and safe, so      Before setting off on your
our new Junior Explorer
                                  you will learn a few outdoor     trek, take your water bottle
series.                           tips along the way.              with you. Your adventure
In this new Junior Explorer                                        may be hot and dry at certain
field guide, you will trek
                                  Be Kind to Nature                times of the year, and there is
                                   • If you see a wild animal,     no water on site. Watch your
around the rim of a volcano;
                                      stay quiet, and watch it     footing. Rocky trails are
hike on trails through lava
                                      from a distance.             common in this area. Look
fields; and hike along a creek
                                   • If you see or have any        out for rattlesnakes; this area
warmed by the earth. You
                                      trash, pack it out in your   is their home.
will learn about the animals,
plants, rocks, and new words
                                   • Use the restrooms in the
that describe them. Take
                                      parking area before you
some time on a Saturday
                                      start your trek.
afternoon at each spot or
maybe on a school field trip
to learn and fill out the field

So how do you become
a Junior Explorer? This
booklet contains six
activities for each specified
location: Menan Butte, Hells
Half Acre and Cress Creek.
The requirements to obtain
your Junior Explorer badge
vary depending on age.
For those of you in fourth
grade and above, you need
to complete five of the six
activities in each section.
If you are in third grade or
below, you only need to
complete three of the six
activities to claim a prize.
Once you complete all three
sections in your field guide,
read and sign the pledge
on the back page and mail
a copy of it or bring it into
the visitor center to receive
your certificate and Junior
Explorer badge.

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         Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative

                                                               The Great Basin Consortium
                                                               is a consortium of partners
                                                               whose mission is increasing
                                                               communication and
                                                               coordination among the
                                                               partner organizations to
                                                               enhance the effectiveness of
The Great Basin Consortium     their work in the areas
                                                               their research, management,
hosted an annual conference    of ecosystem studies,
                                                               outreach and funding
January 14-15, 2013, in        landscape conservation,
                                                               activities. Participant
the Boise State University     restoration, fire science and
                                                               organizations include the
Student Union Building for     management.
                                                               Great Basin Cooperative
150 people.
                                                               Ecosystems Studies Unit, the
                               Project highlights and
                                                               Great Basin Environmental
The conference was part of     panel discussions focused
                                                               Program, the Great Basin
the Consortium’s efforts to    on the Central Basin and
                                                               Landscape Conservation
develop a science-based        Range Rapid Ecoregional
                                                               Cooperative, the Great Basin
strategy that supports         Assessment, native plant
                                                               Research and Management
sustainable and resilient      selection and increase,
                                                               Partnership, the Great Basin
ecological and human           cheatgrass modeling,
                                                               Restoration Initiative and
communities in the Great       monitoring, and work by
                                                               the Great Basin Fire Science
Basin. The Great Basin,        the Utah/Nevada Partners
                                                               Delivery Project.
North America’s largest        for Conservation and
desert, covers roughly 140     Development. Further
                                                               The Consortium’s website
million acres between the      discussions focused on
                                                               details each partner’s
Rocky and Sierra Nevada        options for addressing these
                                                               mission, staffing and funding
mountains, including           regional issues and charting
southern Idaho. Afternoon      a path forward.
sessions addressed current
and emerging issues for
resource managers in the
Great Basin, including
the impacts of rangeland
mega-fires, quality of sage-
grouse habitat, invasive
annual grasses, managing
for resilient ecosystems
and a vision for the future.
Leaders of Consortium
partner groups updated
conference attendees on

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         Ecosystems and Human Communities Conference
To stress how much the group had in common, on the first day of the Consortium Coordinator
Linda Kelly and Science Coordinator for the Great Basin LCC, Todd Hopkins, posed these
questions to conference attendees:

“In 30 years, what might we lose in the Great Basin that is most special to you?”

  “What are the biggest risks we need to address now, to avoid these losses?”

 “It seems clear to me that Consortium participants have a common
 understanding, sense of place, similar values and strong agreement on what
 the risks are and what we all value in the Great Basin. Our future cannot be
 our past restored; if we do that, we’ll always be behind the curve of climate
 change. We need to embrace the uncertainly and stop using planning
 processes that ‘predict and plan’ and start using processes that ‘anticipate and
 adapt.’” -Todd Hopkins, Great Basin LCC, Science Coordinator

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                 Successful 2013 Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby
                                 individuals could keep on
                                 fishing for the big fish and
                                 the tagged fish. There were
                                 59 registered kids, 26 girls
                                 and 33 boys, ranging in age
                                 from 1 to 15 years old. More
                                 than 30 adults, including
                                 moms, dads, grandparents,
                                 neighbors and friends,
                                 accompanied the young
                                 anglers, who came from
After weeks of single            places throughout Lemhi
digit and below zero             County and as far away as
temperatures, the morning        Ellis, Challis, Boise and even
turned out to be very nice for   Farrwest, Utah.
all who came out to enjoy the
22nd Annual Salmon, Idaho        The quote of the day was
Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby held     heard at the registration
at Hyde Creek Pond. With         table when a 2-year-old girl
warmer temperatures, in the      was asked how old she was.
20’s, the fish also decided      She said, “Old Enough.” All
to actively participate in the   of the kids and adults really
fishing derby. From the very     seemed to enjoy their ice-
beginning till the very end of   fishing adventure. When
the kids fishing derby you       taking a break from fishing,     fishing rod and reel combo
could hear the sounds of, “I     popular gathering areas          with a tackle box donated by
got a bite; I caught another     included the hot chocolate       the Salmon Region - Idaho
fish; I caught a tagged fish;    station and the warming fire.    Department of Fish and
that fish looks big so you                                        Game.
better go weigh it; and See if   The pond was stocked prior
it is the big fish in your age   to Saturday with about           Prizes, totaling over $2,000
category.”                       300 rainbow trout from           in value, were awarded
                                 the Mackay Fish Hatchery.        to all registered youths
This year’s Kids’ Ice Fishing    The overall biggest fish of      present at the end of the
Derby was another great          the day was a 1.345 pound        derby. Prizes were donated
success, in large part due       rainbow trout caught by          by the Salmon-Challis
to nice weather and hungry       Jake Koester in the 6-8 age      National Forest, Idaho Fish
fish that kept the attention     category. Other big fish         and Game, U.S. Fish and
of both parents and kids         winners included: age 5 and      Wildlife Service, Bureau
throughout the morning. An       under – Josie Schewe with a      of Reclamation and Trout
estimated 300-plus rainbow       1.125 pound rainbow trout,       Unlimited. These donated
trout were caught during         age 9-11 – Eric Oliverson        prizes ensured no child went
the four-hour derby. Many        with a 1.295 pound rainbow       home empty handed and
fish were kept to make a         trout and age 12-16 – Melissa    everyone was a winner.
nice family meal, and many       Leifeste with a 0.995 pound
fish were also released          rainbow trout. All four big      In addition to the prizes
alive back into the pond so      fish winners were awarded a      awarded, at the end of the

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derby there were 15 tagged      in the pond as part of their   Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
fish, totaling $375, swimming   Angler Use Study. Any kid
around in the pond waiting      who caught one of those        We look forward to seeing
for lucky anglers to catch      tagged fish during the derby   you at the summer Kids’ Fish
them. Those tagged fish         received a fishing lure,       Fair and Fishing Derby at
were sponsored by very          a candy bar and a Trout        Kids Creek Pond Saturday
generous local merchants,       Unlimited ball cap. There      June 8th, during Idaho’s free
businesses and private          were seven Angler Use          fishing day. The success
citizens worth $25, if caught   Study tagged fish caught       of these derbies depends
by registered kids during       during the four hour Kids’     upon local sponsors, local
the derby. The tagged fish      Ice Fishing Derby.             merchants/businesses,
sponsors were: Auto Clinic,                                    private citizens and
Bruce Cole Insurance, Coach     Everyone very much             especially the adults who
Works, Dan & Nance Garcia,      appreciated the parking        make the time to take the
DeBoard Insurance/Salmon        areas created by the great     kids fishing. So kids, be sure
Valley Insurance, East Idaho    snow plowing efforts of the    to thank the adults who took
Credit Union, Hometown          Lemhi County Road and          you fishing and the local
Realty, KMC Computers,          Bridge crew.                   sponsors, merchants and
Knights of Columbus, Lemhi                                     businesses that support this
Title & Abstract, Paige         This year’s Ice Fishing        annual ice fishing derby.
Oeding Real Estate, Robert      Derby was sponsored
& Phyllis Rose, Robie Real      by the Salmon-Challis
Estate, Salmon River Motors/    National Forest, Salmon
Quality Motors and State        Region - Idaho Department         “The enthusiasm and
Farm Insurance. This year       of Fish & Game, Salmon              excitement of the
there were two tagged fish      Field Office - Bureau of              kids, in below
caught during the derby. The    Land Management, Bureau                  freezing
two sponsored tagged fish       of Reclamation, U.S. Fish
                                                                   temperatures, was
were caught by Jake Koester     and Wildlife Service, Upper
(Auto Clinic) and Beth          Salmon Basin Watershed                 contagious.”
Davidson (Coach Works).         Program, Lemhi Soil and
Idaho Fish and Game also        Water Conservation District,       - Linda Price, Salmon
had additional tagged fish      Trout Unlimited and the            Field Office Manager

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    BLM Progressing on Owyhee 68 Grazing Permit Renewal
The BLM is in the process        1997 and comply with           Determinations and 3)
of completing the required       43 CFR 4100 – Grazing          Proposed and Final Grazing
environmental analyses           Administration. Federal        Decisions in accordance with
to issue final decisions         actions must be analyzed in    43 CFR 4160.
and grazing permits for          accordance with the National
84 allotments in Owyhee          Environmental Policy Act       Planned grazing permit
County. The BLM Owyhee           (NEPA) and other relevant      renewal timeline in
Field Office prioritized and     federal and state laws and     completing an environmental
grouped the allotments into      regulations to determine       assessment (EA) is generally
six groups to fully process      potential environmental        expected to take from 10 to
and renew grazing permits        consequences.                  12 months for completion
in accordance with the                                          and approximately 23
Order Approving Stipulated       In October 2011, the BLM       months for an environmental
Settlement Agreement             NEPA Permit Renewal Team       impact statement (EIS).
(United States District Court    began work on the first        Currently, the Owyhee 68
for the District of Idaho Case   group of permit renewals,      permit renewal schedule
1:97-CV-00519-BLW), dated        Group 1 (Owyhee River          includes 6 Groups of
June 26, 2008.                   Group), which includes         allotments, with EAs being
                                 the Castlehead Lambert,        required for the majority of
Renewed grazing permits          Garat, Swisher Springs         these groups. The exception
would be in conformance          and Swisher FFR grazing        is Group 2, in which an
with the Owyhee Resource         allotments. The workload       EIS will be completed to
Management Plan (USDI            associated with renewing       renew 15 grazing permits
BLM, 1999a), ensure              the Owyhee 68 grazing          associated with 25 grazing
compliance with the Idaho        permits includes: 1)           allotments covering
Standards for Rangeland          completing new Rangeland       approximately 120,000 acres
Health and Guidelines            Health Assessments/            of public land.
for Livestock Grazing            Evaluation Reports, 2)
Management adopted in            NEPA and Rangeland Health

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On January 28, 2013, the       issued in March 2013 and       Additional information
Finding of No Significant      the remainder of the Groups    about the Owyhee 68 permit
Impact (FONSI) for the         (2-6) being completed by       renewal project, including
Group1 EA and the four         December 2013.                 links to NEPA and decision
associated grazing permit                                     documents, is available
renewal Proposed Decisions     The Groups include: Group      online.
were signed by the BLM         1 (Owyhee River Area
Owyhee Field Manager.          Allotments), Group 2 (Jump,
These documents were           Succor and Cow Creek
issued by certified mail to    Watersheds Allotments),
the grazing permittees and     Groups 3-5 (Toy Mountain,
interested Publics of Record   South Mountain and Morgan
on February 13 and 14, 2013,   Area Allotments), Group 6
followed by a 15-day protest   (Pole Creek, Trout Springs,
period.                        Nickel Creek FFR, and Fossil
                               Butte Area Allotments).
Currently, the Owyhee 68
grazing permit renewal
schedule identifies Group
1 Final Decisions being

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     Twin Falls District Law Enforcement Provides Outreach

For the past six years, BLM      a federal law enforcement
Idaho law enforcement            ranger to a classroom of first
has participated with the        grade students at Sawtooth
“Shop with a Cop” program        Elementary school in Twin          “Their questions
in Mountain Home and             Falls. It was career day for       ranged from the
Burley, where children from      students, and Lloyd was          equipment he carries
low-income families are          introduced to the class by his
given $75 to spend at Wal-       daughter. The students paid
                                                                  and how many other
Mart in preparation for the      close attention as he talked       people were like
Christmas season. BLM            about resource management        him in the agency to
Boise and Twin Falls district    and the importance of not            whether litter
law enforcement staff joined     littering on public land.            destroys the
the Elmore County Sheriff’s                                       vegetation and that’s
Department as well as
Airmen from Mountain Home
                                                                  why people could get
Air Force Base to spend time                                          into trouble.”
with 125 children as they                                         Kids and their sharp
ate breakfast, colored, sang                                         observations!
Christmas carols and, of
course, shopped! BLM Twin                                              -Rich Lloyd,
Falls District Ranger Rich                                            BLM Twin Falls
Lloyd traveled to Burley to                                           District Ranger
participate in their Shop with
a Cop program. Additionally,
Lloyd spoke about being

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                 Upper Snake Field Office Educates Youth

                    Geologist Teaches Third Graders about Fossils

Joe Larsen, Upper Snake Field Office geologist, met with third graders at Hillview Elementary
School in Idaho Falls on Tuesday, December 11 to discuss fossils and what they can tell us
about earth’s history. Larsen brought in a variety of fossil specimens for the children to look
at and passed out modern sea shells to talk about the classification of fossils. The BLM
was able to borrow a hands-on riparian/stream table that allowed the children to see how
fossils (in this case, their sea shells) could have been transported and deposited in a stream
environment. The flowing water caused the different shell shapes to arrange themselves into
a preferred orientation. The students also completed a worksheet where they matched fossils
to their expected habitat. These activities demonstrated to the students the clues geologists
use to describe paleo-depositional environments.

  Local Eighth Graders
Learn about Streams and

On January 29, Idaho Falls
District Hydrologist Dan
Kotansky and Fish Biologist
Arn Berglund attended Eagle
Rock Junior High School
to teach students about
water and erosion. Students
learned about different soil
types, water flow and riparian
health. Berglund had kids
participate with a stream
simulator and explained
different water patterns
and how different materials
(rocks, vegetation, soil, etc.)
impact river flows. Kotansky
explained the concept of clay
caps and watersheds and
how different soil types can
impact water flow.

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                    Bald Eagles Offer Spectacular Show
                                                             Paul Caraway served in World
                                                             War II with the Sea Bees,
                                                             a branch of the U.S. Navy;
                                                             Brendan Bersey, current Active
                                                             Duty with the U.S. Army; Mariah
                                                             Henry, retired U.S. Air Force and
                                                             Gary Henry, served with U.S.
                                                             Air Force. They were spotting
                                                             eagles on the south side of
                                                             Beauty Bay.

                                                             Dennis McElroy, a former Marine
                                                             Corp Reserve and U.S. Air
                                                             Force personnel spotted eagles
A clear, sunny November
                                                             near the Blue Creek Bay Bridge
Saturday brought together                                    along Lake Coeur d’Alene.
proud representatives of our
country – over 150 military
veterans and active duty
servicemen and sparkling
blue skies filled with bald
eagles, our national symbol.
It was a combination that
brought “Ooh’s” and “Awe’s”
throughout the day as
veterans and their families
took in the annual migration
of Bald Eagles on Lake
Coeur d’Alene.

For the fourth year in a
row, the Bureau of Land
Management’s (BLM’s)
Coeur d’Alene District, in
cooperation with Idaho          above the northern Idaho     personnel on leave from
Department of Fish and          Lake.                        Afghanistan were present,
Game and Lake Coeur                                          including several sub-
d’Alene Cruise Boats, hosted    Aboard the cruise boats,     branches such as the Sea
two Veteran’s Eagle Watch       individuals proudly          Bees and the Women’s Air
Cruises on November 24.         displayed hats and attire,   Corp. The cruises were
Each cruise offered military    representing all five        offered at no cost as a way
veterans and active duty        branches of the military     to say “thank you” for their
military, together with their   and the various campaigns    service to our country.
families, an up-close viewing   in which they had served.
of America’s national bird      World War II veterans        During the two-hour
soaring through the skies       through current military     cruises, an interpretive

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                        For Veterans and their Families
                                                                BLM Wildlife Biologist Carrie
                                                                Hugo carries a mounted
                                                                juvenile Bald Eagle through the
                                                                crowd. The juvenile was hit by
                                                                a car over 50 years ago. The
                                                                display is used in classrooms
                                                                and other venues to share
                                                                information about Bald Eagles.

                                                                Jonathon Biles participated
                                                                in a fun exercise during the
                                                                interpretive program which
                                                                challenged kids and adults to
                                                                “spread their wings” to see how
                                                                close they match up to that of a
                                                                Bald Eagle. So far, no one has
                                                                quite met the wingspan!
program was presented
by BLM Watchable
Wildlife Coordinator Beth
Paragamian and Wildlife
Biologist Carrie Hugo. The
program engaged both the
young and young-at-heart
with mounted displays of
bald eagles, golden eagles
and osprey, as well as
lots of fun facts about our
national bird. Paragamian
and Hugo also call out
locations of the birds as
the boat reached the eagle
spotting areas in Wolf Lodge
Bay and Beauty Bay. Over
35 Bald Eagles were spotted      are a land-locked salmon       eagle migration in relation
on the morning cruise and        that spawn in the upper east   to the increase of kokanee
almost 55 on the afternoon       end of the lake in early to    as record numbers of eagles
boat, delighting participants.   mid-December. After their      have been counted over
                                 spawning grounds were          the past five years. Initial
The bald eagles were on          nearly washed away by          weekly counts in 2012 by
their annual migration           extreme high water levels      Hugo had exceeded prior
south from Canada for the        in 1996, the fisheries have    years, suggesting this
winter. Lake Coeur d’Alene       rebounded, with higher and     season could be another
offers the birds one of          higher counts each year.       record breaker.
their favorite delicacies –      There appears to be a direct
kokanee salmon. Kokanee          correlation with the annual

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   Boise District Benefits from Eagle Scout Project in the NCA
On a bitter cold day at the                                                          Eagle Scout
end of December, nearly                                                              candidate Jacob
30 youth and their parents                                                           Szuch (right) helped fill
spent 6 hours cleaning up a                                                          one of several trailers
                                                                                     during the clean-up in
portion of the Morley Nelson
                                                                                     the NCA.
Snake River Birds of Prey
National Conservation Area
(NCA). The group was led by
Jacob Szuch, a Borah High                                                            Jacob Szuch hugged
School student who planned                                                           his mother for bringing
and developed the effort                                                             lunch to all the clean-
for his Eagle Scout Service                                                          up volunteers.
Project. Members of Scout
Troop 64 filled up a huge 30-        for the project with BLM,
yard dumpster with illegally         including a project proposal
dumped trash that included           and safety plan. Szuch is
two discarded sofas.                 also a member of his high
“Jacob demonstrated a high           school’s National Honor
level of responsibility and          Society. We are interested in
leadership, characteristics          continuing to help BLM with
indicative of an Eagle Scout,”       other projects.”
said Jared Fluckinger,
outdoor recreation planner             “I have to first thank my
for the NCA. “He recruited
members of his scout troop,
                                           mother for always
friends and parents and                     supporting and
coordinated and completed                  encouraging me.”
all volunteer requirements                    - Jacob Szuch

Scouts and other youth hammed it up for a photo after completing their clean-up in the NCA.

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                Connecting Children with Nature in Idaho

“Be Outside, Idaho!” is an Idaho-wide, collaborative working group composed of partners
representing diverse agencies and entities. The initial working group was chartered in 2007.
The organization leverages collective resources to increase community awareness; provides
access to information; increases participation in outdoor activities; fosters respect and
appreciation for Idaho’s outdoor heritage; improves integration of environmental education;
creates private-public partnerships; and works to improve the physical, mental and emotional
health of Idaho’s children.

       Check out the website for great ideas and resources on how to get kids connected to nature!
                   Also, follow Be Outside, Idaho! on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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                                22 Wild Horses Adopted
Challis wild horses have
long been popular with Idaho
adopters. They tend to be
larger than the average wild
horse due to the draft horse
influence in their lineage. They
make calm and steady horses
ready for the trail, and their
colorful appearances ranging
from pinto, bay, palomino, gray
and even some with Appaloosa
characteristics, make them
attractive to potential adopters.

One couple has been visiting
the wild horses in the Challis
Herd Management Area (HMA)
for the past seven years. Their
affinity for this herd is what led
                                                                        there were wild horses up
them to line up at the Challis
                                                                        here,” said Vernia. “One day
Wild Horse Facility gates at
                                                                        Colleen and I were riding our
6:30 a.m. on opening day of the
                                                                        mountain bikes when a horse
recent adoption. They had their
                                                                        appeared out of nowhere
eyes on two young horses. Ron
                                                                        and began running alongside
Vernia and Colleen Coyne live
                                                                        us. At first I thought it was
on the East Fork of the Salmon
                                                                        a domestic horse, but upon
River near Challis. “I had no idea
                                                                        closer investigation we soon
                                                                        discovered there was a herd
                                                                        of wild horses here.”

                                                                        Having owned horses for
                                                                        the past several years, they
                                                                        still consider themselves
                                                                        to be relative newcomers
                                                                        to the equine world. Vernia
                                                                        and Coyne enjoy riding in
                                                                        the Boulder-White Clouds
                                                                        wilderness and all over the
                                                                        Challis HMA. Most recently,
                                                                        they have worked to build
                                                                        their place up to be a suitable
                                                                        facility to receive an adopted
                                                                        wild horse. “I’ve worked
                                                                        for 35 years as a physical
Ron Vernia and Colleen Coyne along with their friends Dr. Nancy Parry   therapist, and I really see
and Susan Flandro enjoy a moment near a pen of weanling wild horses     our work with the horses
at the Challis Wild Horse Facility.                                     to be the next phase of my

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        During the Challis Wild Horse Adoption in December

life,” said Coyne. “I want to     Flandro of Ketchum, Idaho,      Idaho for these two horses,”
learn how to pack into the        to join them in adopting a      said Vernia.
wilderness and eventually         wild horse. Between the
ride endurance.”                  four of them, they adopted      Despite the cold
                                  one young Appaloosa-            temperatures of a December
“We’ve begun to learn where       colored horse they named        adoption in Challis, there
the horses hang out in the        “50 Shades of Gray” or “Mr.     was a fair amount of interest
HMA, and we feel so lucky         Gray” and a bay weanling        and a steady flow of visitors
to be in their presence when      they dubbed “Crescent.”         to the Challis Wild Horse
we do see them,” Coyne            Adopting the horses as          Facility over the two days
continued. “You learn how to      youngsters affords them         the adoption was held.
quiet your movement when          the opportunity to learn        Many people stayed to
you’re near them and it is so     alongside them as they are      watch Mario Johnson of
peaceful. You can see why         handled through the different   Georgetown, ID give gentling
horses are so therapeutic.”       phases of ground and saddle     demonstrations, advice and
                                  work. “We recognize that        tips on handling wild horses.
They are so enthusiastic          their numbers need to be        Overall, 22 horses were
about the horses that they        managed on the range; we’re     adopted into new homes
recruited two of their friends,   just very excited to be able    over the weekend.
Dr. Nancy Parry and Susan         to ensure a good home in

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                           Sage-Grouse and Our Youth

It’s no surprise that the BLM
is working around the clock
to identify avenues to help
sage-grouse. What isn’t so
well known is the help local
community members are
providing to ensure sage-        “It was interesting to learn about the birds and
grouse longevity.                the measures the BLM is taking to ensure their
                                 survival,” said Burgener. “Devin was able to teach
After attending an Eagle
Court of Honor, an Idaho
                                 me a lot and it was cool to know that just a little
Falls resident, Wes              reflector strip could make a difference in the birds
Burgener, contacted the          survival.” -Wes Burgener
Idaho Department of Fish
and Game (IDFG) with the
idea of helping to protect
this unique species of bird.
After further consultation
with this agency, the IDFG
had Wes contact Devin
Englestead, wildlife biologist
for the BLM’s Upper Snake
Field Office. Fortunately for
Wes, Devin had a project
already lined up and just
needed some people power
to get it going. After a few
meetings, Wes began his
project of placing reflectors

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                                                                   went to work sending out
                                                                   flyers and coordinating work
                                                                   parties with people in his
                                                                   troop. The BLM supplied the
                                                                   materials and Wes supplied
                                                                   the people. “It took about
                                                                   three days and seven of my
                                                                   friends to build and cut the
                                                                   reflectors for two miles of
                                                                   fence,” said Burgener. “After
                                                                   that, it just took us one day
                                                                   to mark the fence.”
                                                                   Burgener contacted the
                                                                   private landowner to
                                                                   get permission to place
on barbed wire fences. “It        the bird’s low flight pattern,   reflectors on land that
was interesting to learn          make it highly susceptible to    bordered the BLM land. With
about the birds and the           fence collisions. In addition,   the owner’s permission,
measures the BLM is taking        predators can also flush         on August 15, a total of 19
to ensure their survival,” said   the bird into the fence while    people (15 youth) swarmed
Burgener. “Devin was able         patrolling their lek areas.      the desert in Dubois, Idaho
to teach me a lot, and it was     In attempts to reduce the        and completed his eagle
cool to know that just a little   collision rates, the Upper       project. Over 129 volunteer
reflector strip could make        Snake Field Office started       hours later, Wes and his
a difference in the birds         in 2010 marking fences with      crew had constructed the
survival.”                        three-inch strips of vinyl       reflectors and marked over
                                  siding with reflective tape in   two miles of fence. When
Livestock fences can be an        2010.                            asked what was his favorite
important tool in managing                                         thing about the project,
rangeland by assisting            Devin had previously             Burgener replied, “I liked
ranchers in completing            identified fences that needed    being outdoors and doing
rest rotation periods and         to be marked and thought         something to help nature and
protecting critical riparian      that this would make a great     improve the future.”
areas. Unfortunately, in some     Eagle Scout project. So Wes
locations, fences can pose
a problem for other wildlife
species, including sage-
grouse. While normally not
an issue, in some locations
(areas with a high sage-
grouse concentration, near
leks or travel corridors), the
installation of fences has
resulted in fence collisions.
Grouse fly to their leks
before sunrise, and the
darkness combined with

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                  Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River
                                                              Initiative. Local ranchers;
                                                              county representatives;
                                                              environmental and
                                                              conservation groups;
                                                              outfitters; Shoshone-
                                                              Paiute Tribe; and others
                                                              worked collaboratively for
                                                              several years to develop
                                                              an agreement addressing
                                                              long-standing public lands
                                                              issues in southwestern
                                                              Idaho. This agreement
                                                              served as the impetus for
                                                              Congressional designation
                                                              of the 6 wilderness areas
                                                              and 16 WSR segments. It is
                                                              now BLM’s responsibility to
                                                              manage these special areas
                                                              according to the OPLMA
                                                              and other relevant laws and

                                                              These areas have been
                                                              called “Working Wilderness”
                                                              because ranching has
                                                              been a part of the Owyhee
The Idaho BLM Boise and       cultural resources, and         Canyonlands for over 100
Twin Falls districts have     similar management issues,      years, and the OPLMA
released a Draft Wilderness   the BLM completed one plan      specifically provides for
and Wild and Scenic River     to address all 6 wilderness     continued livestock grazing
Management Plan (WMP) for     areas, as well as the 16 WSR    in the wilderness areas.
public review and comment.    segments that are located
The Draft WMP addresses       almost entirely within the      “I look forward to
6 wilderness areas and 16     wilderness areas. The Draft     implementing a plan that
wild and scenic river (WSR)   WMP is designed to guide        embraces the visions of
segments located in Owyhee    the management of the           such a collaborative effort,”
County, Idaho. Designated     wilderness areas and WSR        said BLM Boise District
by the Omnibus Public Land    segments for the next 10        Manager Jim Fincher.
Management Act (OPLMA) of     years. A public comment
2009, the wilderness areas    period for the Draft WMP
comprise approximately        will extend through April 30,
518,000 acres, and the        2013.
WSR segments comprise
approximately 325 miles.      The wilderness and WSR
                              designations are the
Due to their proximity,       result of a grassroots
comparable natural and        effort called the Owyhee

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               Management Plan Released for Comment
E-mail electronic comments     Before including your           Groups wishing to discuss
by April 30, 2013 to:          address, phone number,          specific sections of the Draft
OMA_TRANS_Wild@blm.            e-mail address or other         WMP in more depth may
gov.                           personal identifying            contact John Sullivan to
                               information in your             schedule a meeting, phone
Written comments must be       comment, be advised             (208)384-3300.
postmarked on or before that   that your entire comment,
date.                          including your personal
                               identifying information, may
Address written comments       be made publicly available at
to:                            any time.
John Sullivan,
Wilderness Project Lead,       While you can ask BLM in
Bureau of Land                 your comment to withhold
Management,                    from public review your
Boise District Office, 3948    personal identifying
South Development Avenue,      information, the BLM cannot
Boise, Idaho 83705.            guarantee that they will be
                               able to do so.

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     Ribbon Cutting for East Idaho Visitor Information Center
On Thursday, December 6, 2012, a ribbon cutting and open house was held for the new
Business Development Center and Visitor Information Center in Idaho Falls, ID, which opened
at its new location off of Memorial Drive.

The East Idaho Visitor and Information Center houses the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of
Land Management, Idaho Falls Convention Center and Idaho Falls Auditorium District. The
Visitor Center is a place visitors can obtain information and maps on a variety of activities
in southeastern Idaho, purchase passes and permits. It is also a unique partnership with the
Chamber of Commerce, providing visitors with relocation packets restaurant
information, hotels and event details.

“No matter what you want to do on public lands, you can find information and maps to guide
you where you want or need to go,” said Chris Deets, BLM visitor information assistant. Chris
brings a lot to the visitor center through his community outreach with Tread Lightly Training,
Leave No Trace Programming and seat on the Water Awareness Festival Community Board.

                            Chris Deets,
                            BLM Visitor Information Assistant

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   German Shepherd Named Argo Welcomed to Boise District
A 19-month-old German           Benny, is now retired after
shepherd dog named Argo         9 years on the job. Keith
was welcomed to BLM Boise       and his family have adopted
District.                       Benny.

Argo will be assisting law      Other duties as assigned for
enforcement rangers in          Argo will include visits to
drug detection, tracking and    classrooms in the Owyhee
apprehension of criminal        Field Office.

Argo was born in Slovakia.
At 13 weeks, he moved
to Pennsylvania to begin
specialized training.             “He will make a lasting impression on the youth who
Before Argo moved again                     see him and learn about his job.”
to the Boise District, Law
Enforcement Ranger Keith
Whitworth spent three weeks                          - Keith Whitworth,
in Pennsylvania training with                     BLM Boise District Ranger

This is the second law
enforcement dog for Ranger
Whitworth. His first dog,

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     Intermountain Combined Federal Campaign Spirit Award
BLM Idaho Employees Win the 2012 Intermountain Combined Federal Campaign
                   Southwest Idaho Area Spirit Award!

The Local Federal                 in three areas that include
Coordinating Committee            participation, pledge total
(LFCC) of the Intermountain       and per capita gift. Gold is
Combined Federal Campaign         the highest certificate level.
(CFC) announced the 2012
Intermountain CFC Spirit
Award winners including two
BLM employees!

Dalene Lemberes, nominated
                                  “Through Pam Conley’s exceptionally energetic and effective
by Support Services Manager
                                  leadership, she manages the accounts of 12 Federal agencies in
Bill Kelley works for the
                                  southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon, working to ensure that
BLM, Boise District Office
                                  those agencies have the plans and resources needed to run an
as a Records Assistant. Pam
                                  effective CFC program. Not content to get things done through
Conley, nominated by State
                                  e-mail or over the phone, she physically makes the effort to
Director Steve Ellis works
                                  take the time to get out and visit the 12 agencies during the
for the BLM, Idaho State
                                  campaign. She personally assists them with training, delivers
Office as a Cartographic
                                  their materials, encourages their coordinators, picks up pledge
                                  forms, and meticulously coordinates speaking engagements and
                                  other activities and events.”
Spirit Award winners were
rewarded for going the extra
CFC mile, showing incredible
dedication and making the
CFC their top priority. Our
sincere congratulations to                                         Pam Conley,
all of the Intermountain CFC                                       Bureau of Land Management,
Spirit Award winners and                                           Idaho State Office,
                                                                   Cartographic Technician
nominees, especially Dalene
and Pam.

The Boise District Office
(BDO) received the All-for-
                                  “Dalene Lemberes brings enthusiasm and leadership to the CFC
One Award and a Presidential
                                  program and helps manage the CFC campaigns for 6 Federal
Award. The All-For-One
                                  agencies in the Treasure Valley." Her passion and experience
Award is a new award for
                                  with the CFC [six years and counting to assist the CFC effort]
2012. It’s given to the federal
                                  are exemplified by the events she plans during each campaign.
agency with the highest
                                  Dalene visits all of her Federal agencies to organize local
CFC participation rate --
                                  CFC activities and brings an unbridled passion and effort with
broken down by agency size
                                  favorable results for the CFC. She is a tremendous asset and
category. BDO won for the
                                  supporter of the CFC program in this Region and very deserving
big agency category. The
                                  of the Spirit Award recognition for the CFC of Treasure Valley.
gold level Presidential Award
certificate recognizes growth

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Welcome New BLM Employees
    Mr. Charles Benjamin "Ben" Pendleton, human resource
    officer for the National Park System's New York Servicing
    Human Resource Office, has accepted the Idaho BLM
    Human Resource Officer position. Ben began his
    federal career in 1987, having been selected through the
    Outstanding Scholar program as an investigator with the
    Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in Salt Lake City,

    Ben advanced in his career with OPM, holding supervisory
    and area representative positions in various states from
    1987-1996. From 1996-2010, Ben held positions with the
    Army's Civilian Personnel Directorate (CPD) in Germany,
    Italy, as well as the United States, and advanced to hold the
    CPD's executive and personnel officer positions. In 2010,
    Ben transferred to the National Park Service, New York
    Servicing Human Resource Office, as their human resource
    officer, where he currently is servicing the human resources
    needs of several national parks in the state of New York.

    Ben is married with two children, and in his spare time
    he enjoys reading, jogging, woodworking and playing his
    guitar. Ben is from the West and is looking forward to
    coming to Idaho. Ben’s report date was February 24, 2013.
    His experience, qualifications and management approach
    will serve him well as our new human resource officer. We
    look forward to having him join our staff!

    Kelly Fischer recently came to the Idaho BLM Jarbidge Field
    Office as a natural resource specialist. She graduated from
    Colorado State University with a bachelor’s in range and
    forest management. She worked for the Colorado State
    Forest Service as a forest technician for one season after
    college before beginning her government career with the
    Forest Service in 2001.

    Kelley has worked as a timber marker for the Forest
    Service, invasive plant management team member for the
    National Park Service and lead helicopter crew member,
    wildlife biological technician and a wildlife biologist for the

    Kelly’s Her hobbies include hiking, walking dogs, camping,
    rock climbing…pretty much anything outdoors!

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                                       Upcoming Events
WILD About Raptors: March 8-9, 2013
This teacher workshop, facilitated by the Morley Nelson Snake River
Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA), Idaho Fish & Game,
and The Peregrine Fund/World Center for Birds of Prey, includes a
fieldtrip to the NCA to look for raptors near Boise.

Hare and Hound National Motorcycle Event: March 24, 2013
A competitive desert motorcycle race that will host approximately 150
riders on a 100-mile course. The course is on designated routes within
the Murphy Subregion Travel Management Area near Marsing.

Barking Spider Mountain Bike Race: April 6, 2013
A competitive mountain bike race that will host approximately 150 riders on a 10 mile course. This approved
course is on designated routes within the Murphy Subregion Travel Management Area near Murphy.

3rd Annual Unplug Week:
North Idaho: March 30 - April 6
Treasure Valley: April 20 - 27
Idaho Falls: May 4 - 11
Unplug Week is a series of free and reduced cost activities to
inspire and empower families to get off the couch and get active!
Hosted by Be Outside, Idaho!, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation
for Health and partner organizations. For a full calendar of events,
visit the Unplug Week website.

Backcountry Horsemen’s’ St. Jude’s Fundraiser: May 4, 2013
Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian riders are invited to spend a casual
day outdoors on the trail within the Wilson Creek Travel Management Area,
southeast of Marsing. All proceeds generated go to St. Jude’s Children’s

Desert Discovery Days: May 4-9, 2013
This outdoor education experience is open to third through sixth grade
students. These students rotate through four stations to learn about desert
wildlife, vegetation, geology/raptor nesting habitat and predator/prey relationships at the Morley Nelson
Snake River Birds of Prey NCA near Boise.

International Migratory Bird Day: May 11, 2013
This is a hands-on event focused on educating youth about migratory birds. The event
will utilize BLM’s Coeur d’Alene Blackwell Island that offers premiere nesting habitat
for waterfowl and other migratory species.

Idaho Youth Diabetes Ride: May 15, 2013
Horse enthusiasts, including a group of Mustang riders, will help Idaho’s kids with
diabetes education and programs on a ride near Eagle. The proceeds will benefit
Camp Hodia, the annual summer camp for Idaho youth with diabetes, in their efforts to
educate our youth.

* Visit the Idaho BLM website for more event information

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The BLM manages more land - over 245 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known
as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The
Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate
throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the
public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this
by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy
production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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