Article IX, Section 8 of the Idaho Constitution mandates that state endowment trust lands are to be managed to secure the maximum long-term financial return to the endowment beneficiaries. evenue-generating activities on endowment lands and earnings oninvested funds provide millions of dollars annually in support of Idaho’s public school system and numerous other state of Idaho institutions. In addition to providing financialsupport to the beneficiaries of nine endowment funds, endowment lands may also benefit the citizens of Idaho by providing access for recreational pursuits, so long as recreation activities are consistent with the constitutional mandate.
The members of the State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board) are the trustees of endowment lands and the funds they generate. The Land Board provides direction to the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) in the management of endowment lands