southeast idaho

Wildlife Mitigation Fund

As part of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) approval for the Rasmussen Valley phosphate mine in Southeastern Idaho, the fertilizer company Itafos Conda LLC, voluntarily provided nearly $1.2 million to establish a Habitat Mitigation Fund.  The Fund will be used to pay for projects that protect, conserve, and/or enhance wildlife habitat in Southeastern Idaho, with emphasis on projects in the vicinity of the Rasmussen Valley Mine.


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Getting Involved

Mitigating Impacts

What is migitation

 Compensatory mitigation is compensation for remaining unavoidable impacts after all appropriate and practicable avoidance and minimization measures have been applied, by replacing or providing substitute resources or environments (See NEPA 40 C.F.R. § 1508.20).

This is achieved through the restoration, establishment, enhancement, or preservation of resources and their values, services, and functions. Impacts are authorized pursuant to a regulatory or resource management program that issues permits, licenses, or otherwise approves activities.”

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Background on Mitigation Fund

The Habitat Mitigation Fund was created to offset predicted residual impacts to wildlife and wildlife habitat resulting from the Rasmussen Valley mining operation.

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What Drives Us

Mission & Goals

The Habitat Improvement Team (HIT) is a partnership of natural resource, land management, and Tribal trustees, charged with implementing the Southeast Idaho Habitat Mitigation Fund for wildlife conservation & habitat improvement projects in the Project Area. The HIT Committee includes the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, and the Idaho Department of Lands. The HIT will select, fund, implement, and assess the effectiveness of approved projects.

Specific Purpose: The purpose of the HIT is to mitigate impacts to wildlife from phosphate mining associated with the Rasmussen Valley Mine Project.

Goals: The HIT’s goals are to select, fund, implement, and assess effectiveness of funded projects.

Bylaws: The HIT bylaws form the guiding document for the Mitigation Fund

Request for Proposal

Proposals accepted April 1st and May 31st

Please DOWNLOAD both the Application Form (Word Doc) and the Budget Form (Excel) by clicking on the buttons below.  Please fill out the forms and email them to

Budget Form

Upcoming Events


Applicants will provide an overview of their projects with time for questions and answers. Light refreshments will be served. 10:00 – 1:00 at IDFG (1345 Barton Rd., Pocatello)

JULY 15 - JULY 19

Site visits. Time & locations TBD.


HIT meeting to select project(s) for funding awards. Time & location TBD.


Applicants will be notified of the status of their application. Successful applicants will receive a grant agreement with instructions for reporting and project completion.


Our Partners

Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust

Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust works with willing landowners in Southeast Idaho to conserve private land by creating tailored agreements, known as conservation easements, to protect land while keeping it in private ownership.

Our mission is the heart of our work: To protect and enhance natural lands, wildlife habitat, and working farms and ranches in Southeast Idaho, now and for future generations.


The BLM is an agency within the United States Department of Interior that administers nearly 12 million acres of public lands in Idaho for multiple uses.

US Fish & Wildlife Service

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is an agency within the United States Department of Interior.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the oldest federal conservation agency, tracing its lineage back to 1871, and the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is management of fish and wildlife for the American public. The Service helps ensure a healthy environment for people by providing opportunities for Americans to enjoy the outdoors and our shared natural heritage.

US Forest Service

The US Forest Service is an agency within the United States Department of Agriculture that administers over 21 million acres of public lands in Idaho for multiple uses.

Idaho Department of Lands

Idaho Department of Lands manage more than 2.4 million acres of state endowment trust land under a Constitutional mandate to maximize long term financial returns to a number of State institutions, mainly public schools. IDL manages for the public’s benefit Idaho’s public trust lands, the lands beneath Idaho’s navigable waterways including riverbeds and the beds and banks of Idaho’s navigable lakes. IDL provides regulatory oversight of forestry practices in the State and some regulation of Idaho’s mining industry.


Itafos is a publicly traded (TSX-V: IFOS) vertically integrated phosphate based fertilizers and specialty products company with an attractive portfolio of long-term and strategic assets located in key agricultural and fertilizer markets worldwide. Itafos is managed by an experienced and diverse team with extensive operations, commercial and financial expertise.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall are comprised of the eastern and western bands of the Northern Shoshone and the Bannock, or Northern Paiute, bands. Ancestral lands of both tribes occupied vast regions of land encompassing present-day Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and into Canada. The Fort Hall Reservation is located in the eastern Snake River Plain of southeastern Idaho. The Snake River, Blackfoot River, and the American Falls Reservoir border the reservation on the north and northwest.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Idaho Fish and Game’s mission is to protect, preserve, perpetuate and manage Idaho’s wildlife resources. A 1938 voter initiative created the Idaho Fish and Game Commission structure that governs the agency today.

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is a state department created by the Idaho Environmental Protection and Health Act to ensure clean air, water, and land in the state and protect Idaho citizens from the adverse health impacts of pollution. The agency is committed to working in partnership with local communities, businesses, and citizens to identify and implement cost-effective environmental solutions.

how to contact us

Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust


109 N Arthur Ave, Suite 300,
Pocatello, ID 83204
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1404
Pocatello, ID 83204


(208) 240-6045 office
(208) 241-4662 cell