BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Most of this high desert is controlled by the Bureau of Land Management and the bureau has historically managed the land for grazing. But in recent years as more people ventured into the desert for various activities the bureau added a bigger recreation element to the way the lands are managed. Max Yingst, who works out of Twin Falls, is the BLMs recreation planner for the “Borderlands” area.

Max Yingst“This is definitely true high desert. The only thing that makes it fairly unique from other high desert is these beautiful canyons that are cut by these drainages and each of them in a sense is a little bit different than the other one…and every one of them has a unique little system that is just unbelievable in beauty…

In the few years I’ve been with the BLM I’m starting to see more of an influx of recreationists who want to find the solitude and in a sense I think they appreciate some of these areas that historically were not used. I just look at canyons like this and am just utterly amazed and I think a lot of people are starting to see the treasure here…

Of course, ranching has been here for a hundred-plus years. With BLM the multiple use is still very prevalent in any area you go to in Idaho and I think in most cases we try to balance those uses. It seems to work in almost all cases. The West is growing and I think places like this will be discovered and it will be a challenge for future generations trying to balance all the uses.”

--Max Yingst, Recreation Planner, Bureau of Land Management--