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To professionally and prudently manage Idaho’s endowment assets to maximize long-term financial returns to the public schools and other trust beneficiaries and to provide professional assistance to the citizens of Idaho to use, protect, and sustain their natural resources.


Prepared for tomorrow’s natural resource challenges.

IDL Director, Dustin Miller
Dustin Miller The dedicated staff of the Idaho Department of Lands function in 16 offices throughout the state.We manage about 2.5 million acres of state endowment trust land under a Constitutional mandate to maximize long term financial returns to a number of State institutions, mainly public schools.We also manage for the public’s benefit Idaho’s public trust lands, the lands beneath Idaho’s navigable waterways including riverbeds and the beds and banks of Idaho’s navigable lakes.We provide regulatory oversight of forestry practices in the State and some regulation of Idaho’s mining industry.We provide assistance to Idahoans through a number of forestry programs and provide fire protection and prevention on more than 9 million acres in Idaho.We operate under the management directives of the Land Board.The Idaho Department of Lands also houses the Oil and Gas Division, which serves as the administrative arm of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.Vital to the smooth operation of the entire department — including the Land Board and the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission — are the dedicated people in the support services division of the IDL who perform technical services, information systems management, fiscal management, records management, and procurement functions from their offices in the department’s headquarters in Boise and Coeur d’Alene.

Guiding Tenets

We believe if we care for our staff, customers, processes, and finances, we will be a healthy, proactive and effective organization. We will ensure important departmental decisions consider the following:

• Fiduciary Duty – Does this decision maximize long term financial returns from the endowment lands and provide for prudent management of state funds and resources?
• IDL Staff – Is this decision consistent with the development and retention of a high performing workforce that is cohesive and accountable?
• Customers – With this decision, are we providing exemplary service to our customers?
• Processes – Is the decision informed by data and consistent with our policies and procedures?
• Forward-looking – Is this decision preparing us for success in the future?

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