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Idaho’s Private Forests, Ranches And Farms. Natural Resources Interim Committee July 31, 2009. Private Working Lands - 2008. Idaho Population. 1955 Benchmark 2008 Census estimate 2030 Census forecast Change ~ 500K 1990-2008 2008-2030. Land Conversion Studies.

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Idaho s private forests ranches and farms

Idaho’s Private

Forests, Ranches

And Farms

Natural Resources

Interim Committee

July 31, 2009


Private working lands 2008

Private Working Lands - 2008


Idaho population

Idaho Population

  • 1955 Benchmark

  • 2008 Census estimate

  • 2030 Census forecast

  • Change ~ 500K

    • 1990-2008

    • 2008-2030


Land conversion studies

Land Conversion Studies

  • Forests on the Edge - 2007

  • Strategic Ranchland - 2000

  • Farmland on the Edge - 2002


Forests on the edge

Forests on the Edge

  • Phase I

    • Forecasts conversion of private forestland

    • By watershed

    • 2000-2030

  • Phase II

    • Focus on private land adjacent to national forests

    • Published 2007

  • Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources

    • In process

    • IDL using Phase II methods


North idaho example

North Idaho Example

2000

2030


Strategic ranchland

Strategic Ranchland

  • Seven States

  • Conversion risk 2020

  • Idaho Counties in West’s top 25

    • Bingham 336K

    • Idaho 325K

    • Cassia 275K

  • American Farmland Trust


Farmland on the edge

Farmland on the Edge

  • 2002 Study

  • Identifies Growth Pattern

    • Based on past development

    • High quality

      • High development (red)

      • Low development (green)

  • Source

    • American Farmland Trust


Conversion impacts

Conversion Impacts

  • Fragments Private Land & Displaces

    • Economic contribution

    • Demand for support services

    • Habitat for game and non-game species

    • Access to public land

    • Water – rural to urban uses

    • Property tax revenue vs. service costs

    • Amenities that attracted growth


Economic contribution

Economic Contribution

  • Private land

    • Product sales

      • Direct & indirect

    • Economic base

      • Support services

      • Agriculture - >$20

    • Wildlife

      • Recreation related purchases


Wildlife habitat

Wildlife Habitat

  • Idaho Wildlife Strategy

  • Focal Areas

    • Species of conservation need

  • Habitat includes private and public land


Cost of community services

Cost of Community Services


State policy tools

State Policy Tools

  • Common issue in Western States

  • Market forces drive conversion

    • Real estate vs. production land value

  • Policy Trends

    • Market based incentives

    • Conservation easements – voluntary agreements

    • Partial funding by state, match to external funds

    • Revenue source and administration varies


Market vs production value

Incentives

Market vs. Production Value


Idaho s private forests ranches and farms

  • Habitat Montana

  • Funding - nonresident licenses

  • 223,800 acres

  • $23 million over 20 years

  • Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust

  • Funding - permanent account, donations, appropriations

  • $14 million since 2006

  • Match Ratio: $6.50/$1

  • Utah Critical Land Conservation Fund

  • Up to 50% of easement cost

  • Match Ratio: $5/$1

  • Nevada Conservation Bond

  • 2002 voter approved

  • Objective – match external sources

  • $6 million/year

  • New Mexico Income Tax Credit

  • Transferrable

  • 50% of cost


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