Elk NetworkAgreement Finalized to Open Access to 336,630 Acres of North Idaho Timberlands

Conservation | October 31, 2019

Agreement Finalized to Open Access to 336,630 Acres of North Idaho Timberlands

Below is a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

With final agreements now signed, hunters, anglers, trappers and other recreationists have access to 336,630 more acres of private timberland through an agreement between the landowners and Fish and Game.

You can see locations of the parcels on Fish and Game’s Map Center.

Fish and Game officials announced the agreements in May, but multiple contracts with 12 companies in several states took longer than expected. This latest acreage is in addition to Fish and Game’s agreement with PotlatchDeltic to provide public access to 567,002 acres of that company’s timberland for access.

The agreements came through Fish and Game’s “large tracts” land lease program that targets multi-year access to parcels 50,000 acres or larger. Fish and Game pays $1 per acre annually for the access, which includes hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing, hiking and recreational travel limited to motor vehicle travel on roads open to full-sized vehicles.

People using these lands are reminded that there are different rules for use depending on the landowner, such as restrictions on camping and ATV use, and it’s the user’s responsibility to know those rules. To get more details and links to rules for using private timberlands and other private lands, see the Hunting and Fishing Access webpage.

Money for the leases comes from Fish and Game’s access/depredation fee that requires a $5 surcharge for residents and a $10 surcharge for nonresidents when they buy their first annual license of the year. That fee started in 2017, and it has allowed Fish and Game to dramatically increase the acreage in its access programs. Fish and Game’s access programs provide millions of acres for public hunting and fishing.

(Photo source: Idaho Department of Fish and Game)