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IDL foresters protect our renewable timber resources by managing the land, harvesting the trees, planting new trees, and repeating. A large portion of the annual income for the endowment trusts is derived from the sale and harvest of timber. We are committed to ensuring endowment forests remain strong, healthy, fire resilient and productive for generations to come.

IDL manages about one million acres of endowment timberland, which make up about 6% of forests in Idaho. However, IDL contributes approximately 30% of the timber harvested in the state. 


FY 2022 Timber Sales Highlights

Board Feet of Timber Harvested
Active Timber Sales
Seedlings Planted on 8,106 Acres

Types of Sales

Stumpage Timber Sales

Timberland owners use two basic timber sale models for selling forest products, with timber sold either as stumpage or as delivered products. Currently, IDL primarily sells endowment timber using the stumpage model, with standing timber sold at public auction and purchasers being responsible for harvesting and removing the trees at their expense.

Delivered Product Sales Pilot Program

Under this pilot program, IDL will sell at public auction specific product sorts like pulp, posts and poles, sawlogs, cedar poles, or house logs directly to end-users, contracting with loggers to harvest and deliver the product sorts.

Direct Sales

Under IDL’s Direct Sales Policy, timber with a volume not exceeding 100 MBF or $15,000 in value may be sold on a lump sum basis. Generally, direct sales are used to harvest isolated timber parcels of insufficient value to justify the cost of advertisement. These sales require no advertisement and are not used if more than one party is interested in purchasing the timber. In short, direct sales are sold on a “buyer beware” basis with no assurance of actual volume or value on the part of the state. If you are interested in purchasing endowment timber via a direct sale, please contact your local IDL supervisory area office.




Eric Wilson Bureau Chief Resource Protection and Assistance 


Kemp Smith
Commercial Program Manager
(208) 334-0202


Forest Management/
Forestry Assistance
Coeur d’Alene Staff Office
(208) 769-1525


Todd Wernex
OHV/Recreation Specialist
(208) 334-0282


Sharla Arledge
Public Information Officer
(208) 334-0286

To find and contact your closest Idaho Department of Lands office see our Supervisory Area map.

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