The Idaho Department of Lands Forestry Assistance and Regulatory programs help conserve, enhance and protect Idaho forests. Through programs that focus on state and private Forest Stewardship, Urban and Community Forestry, and Forest Health and Fire, IDL seeks ways to engage multiple partners in the effort to reduce the threats to Idaho forests and enhance the benefits of forests as well.
Forest Practices Act Regulation and Assistance
The IDL provides assistance to landowners to establish healthy, sustainable forests and compliance with the Idaho Forest Practices Act. Landowner and logger consultations, and frequent site inspections, ensure continuous growth and harvest of forest tree species; protect forest soil, air, water and resources, and maintain wildlife and aquatic habitat. Idaho's Forest Practices identify standards for logging, road building, reforestation, streamside protection and other forest practices.
The Forest Health program provides technical assistance to state and private forest landowners regarding identification of and ways to combat forest insects and diseases.
>Visit the IDL Forest Health page
The Interdisciplinary Team is a cadre of technical specialists in hydrology, wildlife biology, fish biology and geotechnical engineering providing advice and assistance either as individuals or as an organized interdisciplinary team.
The IDL helps provide financial assistance to communities that want to develop an urban or community forestry program.
›Visit the Idaho Community Forestry page for additional information on available assistance, grant programs, Tree City USA, and more.
The Idaho Forest Legacy Program protects environmentally important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses and promotes forestland protection and other conservation opportunities. The program provides funding to purchase conservation easements on private lands that might otherwise be developed and lost as forests.
›Visit the IDL Forest Legacy Program page
Read about the Benefits of the Idaho Forest Stewardship Program (pdf)
The Service Forestry Program provides limited-duration "first look" professional forestry advice on timber sales, reforestation, thinning and management planning to private forest owners. Also administered is the Forest Stewardship Program, which provides cost share funds to improve the condition and productivity of the State's non-industrial privately-owned timberlands.
One Plan Guide - April 2013 (pdf)
This document provides guidance for using the One Plan Template or writing a plan using a personalized format that will meet the standard requirements of Forest Stewardship Plans, Forest Management Plans, and Tree Farm Plans.
Idaho One Plan (Word file)
This template was developed to assist forestry consultants and other forest management plan authors in writing Forest Stewardship Plans, Forest Management Plans (FMP) for NRCS, and Tree Farm Plans for the American Tree Farm System to meet requirements of all three programs. NRCS FMP development can be partially funded by NRCS through the EQIP program; only planner-certified Technical Service Providers may write these FMPs.
Thinking about implementing a forest stewardship plan on your forestland? Read these booklets published by the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
IDL engages multiple partners to develop and implement projects that reduce threats to forests and increase the benefits of forests as well.