How Idaho Department of Lands spent OHV fund money in 2021

Thursday December 23, 2021

One dollar from every OHV registration fee goes to the Idaho Department of Lands
What that money accomplished in 2021

(Statewide) – More than $100 thousand went into the Idaho Department of Lands Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Fund in 2021. The fund provides off-highway vehicle opportunities and helps repair damage directly related to off-highway vehicle use on Idaho Endowment Land.

On January 1 of each year, every motorbike, ATV, UTV, or specialty off-highway vehicle (SOHV) operated on public or private land must be registered and numbered to legally operate. A dollar of every registration fee goes to the Idaho Department of Lands.

HD video of endowment land trail use in northern Idaho, photos and an interview clip from IDL Forester Nick Capobianco can be found here:

Endowment lands are different from other lands in Idaho as the priority is managing them for the long-term financial return to beneficiaries, which include Idaho schools. Recreation opportunities are considered a secondary use, provided those activities do not degrade the lands, interfere with management activities, or otherwise negatively affect the long-term financial return to beneficiaries.

Much of the fund goes to costly repairs to endowment lands, but new and sustainable trail opportunities were also created thanks to the OHV fund in 2021.

“We want to thank OHV users for their ongoing contributions and support of responsible recreation on Idaho Endowment Land,” said Dustin Miller, Idaho Department of Lands Director. “We continue to work to improve trail opportunities that provide long-term use on these unique lands.”

“OHV users requested their sticker dollars support IDL many years ago in recognition of the fact that state lands provide an outstanding recreation asset and often intersect or connect trails located on federal lands,” said David Claiborne with the Idaho Recreation Council.

Idaho Department of Lands 2021 project highlights

Central Idaho
Cable Creek Mitigation: $14,458
Unauthorized trails were reclaimed and fencing and signs were installed to assist with compliance and inform recreationists of the changes. There is a planned single-track trail system, but it is on hold to provide time for partnerships to assist with management challenges.

North Idaho
Hayes Gulch: $9,252
A vault toilet was installed to address human waste problems at this popular multi-use motorized single track trailhead. IDL staff completed the finish work around the toilet, making it ADA accessible. Project costs included matching grant funds.

Southwest Idaho
Steamboat Project: $10,216
A contractor repaired the dilapidated entrance road to the Steamboat Trailhead by grading, graveling and mending potholes. IDL partnered with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Trail Cat program to rehabilitate multiple unauthorized and unsustainable trails. Two half-mile sections of singletrack trail were rerouted to improve alignment and sustainability.

Welcome Signs: $2,365
The signs provide guidance and inform recreationists of land ownership and offer guidelines for recreating on Idaho Endowment Lands.

Learn more and see a list of all 2021 projects in the OHV Fund Annual Report at




Robbie Johnson