The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has honored the Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission with its national Sagebrush Steppe Stewardship Award.
BLM said the award recognizes the commission for its participation in rangeland education, public-policy formation and commitment to stewardship of public land the BLM manages in the state.
BLM Idaho State Director John Ruhs presented the award Sept. 26 during the Public Lands Council meeting in Great Falls, Mont.
“BLM is pleased to collaborate with the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission to sustain healthy rangeland,” he said in a release. “Since nearly half of Idaho is classified as rangeland, it’s important that Idaho citizens have a good understanding of the ecology and management of these public lands.”
IRRC outreach includes Care and Share, focused on educating outdoor recreation participants about livestock grazing; the Idaho Rangeland Outdoor Adventure Mobile traveling exhibit on rangeland ecology; and the “Life on the Range” video series. It covers more than 50 topics from range monitoring and fire suppression to sage grouse habitat, multiple-use land management, post-fire restoration and the interface between grazing and recreation.