Natural Resources

The Bureau of Land Management 
The BLM manages nearly 12 million acres of public lands in Idaho, nearly one-fourth of the state’s total land area. Four BLM district offices, 12 field offices, and the Idaho State Office administer the public lands in Idaho with a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  

National InterAgency Fire Center
The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), located in Boise, Idaho, is the nation’s support center for wildland firefighting. Eight different agencies and organizations are part of NIFC. Decisions are made using the interagency cooperation concept because NIFC has no single director or manager.

Bureau of Reclamation
The mission of the Bureau of Reclamation is to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public.

USDA Forest Service Boise National Forest
The Forest Service manages much of Idaho’s uplands for multiple use.  The Boise National Forest Headquarters is in Boise.  Watershed management, mining regulation, recreation and firefighting are among the Forest Service’s roles.

Foothill Education Center – City of Boise
Operated by the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department, the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center focuses on education and information about the Boise foothills and the surrounding high-desert environment.

World Center for Birds of Prey – The Peregrine Fund
The Peregrine Fund was founded in 1970 to restore the Peregrine Falcon, which was removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List in 1999. That success encouraged the organization to expand its focus and apply its experience and understanding to raptor conservation efforts on behalf of more than 100 species in 65 countries worldwide, including the California Condor and Aplomado Falcon in the United States. The organization is non-political, solution-oriented and hands-on.

Intermountain Bird Observatory – Boise State University
The Intermountain Bird Observatory is a non-profit academic research and community outreach program of Boise State University focused on impacting human lives and contributing to conservation through a combination of research, education, and community engagement.

Idaho Department of Fish & Game
All wildlife, including all wild animals, wild birds, and fish, within the state of Idaho, is the property of the state of Idaho. The Department of Fish & Game is charged with preserving, protecting, perpetuating, and managing Idaho’s wildlife.

Idaho Water Science Center
The Idaho Water Science Center is one of 48 nationwide USGS water science centers. Our mission is to provide reliable, impartial scientific information to our local, state, tribal, and federal partners so they can efficiently manage the water resources within their jurisdictions. Our data and research also help protect the citizens of Idaho against floods and other natural disasters.

Idaho Department of Water Resources
The Idaho Department of Water Resources’ director is appointed by the governor, and the agency is divided into bureaus, sections, or teams organized around specific areas of responsibility:  
Planning and Projects Bureau: Water Projects Section
Water Allocation Bureau: Adjudication Section, Safety of Dams, Water Rights Section
Water Compliance Bureau: Floodplain Management Unit, Ground Water Protection Section, Stream Channel Protection Unit,Water Distribution Section
Hydrology Section
Information Technology Service Bureau: Geospatial Technology, Information Technology

US Army Corps of Engineers
The Boise Office provides a framework for city, county, state, tribal and non-governmental organizational efforts to improve upon and implement more cost-effective and comprehensive ways to address a broad array of water and natural resource issues such as watershed planning, ecosystem restoration, floodplain management planning, environmental protection, water and wastewater infrastructure planning and development, dam safety, cleanup of abandoned mines and emergency management.

Idaho Rural Water Association
Idaho Rural Water Association is a non-profit corporation originally formed in 1987 to provide training and technical assistance to water and wastewater systems in Idaho with populations under 10,000. It is currently comprised of over 350 water and wastewater systems in Idaho. IRWA includes additional membership of industry vendors and others that support the mission of the Association. Eleven employees provide statewide operational services and managerial support to the water and wastewater systems in Idaho to protect our drinking water.

Boise WaterShed – City of Boise
The Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center promotes water stewardship through high-tech, hands-on exhibits. Located at the West Boise Wastewater Treatment Facility, the LEED-certified building also features a library, a theater/community room, and amazing artwork.

Idaho Department of Agriculture
Idaho Agriculture offers expertise in all phases of Ag production and marketing from chemical regulation and testing to farmers markets and international exports.

University of Idaho Agricultural Extension
Agricultural Extension Agents and Educators have been very generous with time and contacts for crop-specific or topic-specific agricultural interests from women farmers to viticulture.

Idaho Agricultural Associations
Grower and Processor Associations for agricultural commodities and the unusually diverse seeds and crops grown in southwest Idaho.  Potatoes, grains, dairy, orchard fruits and wine grapes, hops, mint, sugar beets, feedlots, truck farms. Food processing of all kinds.