Range Program

Cooperative Photo Monitoring: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2014 that provides a framework for cooperative monitoring by ranchers and public land managers to improve the health of Idaho public rangelands.

Monitoring Program

Cooperative Rangeland Photo Monitoring Program is to maintain healthy rangelands and suitable livestock grazing practices.

Herd Districts, Fence Laws and Open Range Laws Information.

Learn more about Virtual Fencing projects and how it could change your grazing plans.

Infographics and slideshows from previous projects.

Laws and Rules for the Range Program.



The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) impacts 63% of Idaho’s landmass, much of which is vital to ranchers and the livestock grazing industry. Range improvement projects such as water developments or fences, as well as grazing permit renewals are all analyzed under NEPA. While every agency in the executive branch of the federal government has a responsibility to implement NEPA, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) implement the process on the lands connected to the Idaho livestock industry. 

ISDA’s Role

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is a resource for producers during the NEPA process. ISDA also aids in cooperative rangeland monitoring and provides technical expertise for planning and management of vegetation and other rangeland resources utilizing best available science and best management practices. 

NEPA Guide for Ranchers

The NEPA Guide for ranchers provides a basic understanding of what NEPA is, how NEPA works, as well as how to participate in and influence the NEPA process.

You can view and print a copy of the Guide here: Idaho NEPA Guide for Ranchers

Contact Us

Boise Office

Thadd Strom
Range Program Manager
2270 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, Idaho 83712
P.O. Box 7249, Boise, Idaho 83707
(2028) 332-8561

Taylor Trudeau
Range Program Specialist
(202) 332-8566

Idaho Falls Office

John Leavell
Range Program Specialist
(208) 917-0762

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