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Payette Endowment Land

There is a continued need to evaluate and discuss the future of endowment lands within and immediately outside of the City of McCall’s growth and impact areas. While timber harvesting and cottage site leases and sales have been the most visible endowment land management approaches in McCall, new opportunities to generate income for the endowment beneficiaries are being considered. You will find the latest information, dates, and project proposals on this page.



 “The concept is a result of internal guidance and historical plans, City of McCall comprehensive planning documents, other state endowment land plans addressing similar issues,
and Idaho regulations and laws.”

From Idaho Department of Lands Payette Endowment Lands Strategy


Neil Crescenti
Program Manager
(208) 334-0202

Scott Corkill
Area Manager
Payette Lakes Supervisory Area
(208) 634-7125

Public Comment

A department finalization of the plan and presentation to the Land Board is not expected until late winter/early spring 2021. If you have general comments or specific recommendations or thoughts for the plan, please let us know. The comment period is December 15, 2020 through February 12, 2021.

    Related Pages

    Strategic Reinvestment
    Understanding Endowment Land

    What is endowment land?

    At statehood, Congress granted Idaho endowment trust land for the sole purpose of funding specified beneficiaries, which are largely public schools. How the Land Board must manage these lands is also written in the Idaho Constitution. Article IX, Section VIII mandates that they will be managed “…in such manner as will secure the maximum long-term financial return to the institution to which [it is] granted.” 

    Different Managers Have Different Missions

    If you’ve lived in the west, you’ve likely heard land managed by the United States Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management described as “land of many uses.” Endowment land is different.

    Draft Proposal

    The final draft, which will include input from public comments, is planned for presentation to the
    State Board of Land Commissioners in March 2021.

    Read through the presentation via PowerPoint or in more detail

    Payette Endowment Land Strategy Draft  

    • The plan discusses transition lands in a community context that require long-range evaluation.
    • Immediate management decisions needed in the context of long-term community and market contexts.
    • A phased approached that would allow revenue generation today, while considering potential future opportunities and trends.

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