Protecting Public Health and the Environment.

Forest Practices Audits

In summer 2020, DEQ, with assistance from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), will conduct 67 audits of timber sales throughout Idaho. The audits will evaluate compliance with the Idaho Forest Practices Act (IDAPA 20.02.01) and are a required part of the Idaho Nonpoint Source Management Plan. The final report will be completed by December 2020. 

Silvicultural activities in Idaho are regulated by the Forest Practices Act. The Act applies to private, state, and federal timberlands, and implements the goals and objectives of the Idaho Nonpoint Source Management Plan. IDL is responsible for implementing the Forest Practices Act and ensuring compliance with its management prescriptions. DEQ is responsible for ensuring that the Act provides adequate protection to surface water. DEQ audits a randomly chosen panel of timber harvests every four years. 

The audit team examines active and recently-completed harvesting operations on federal, state, and private ownerships. The audit team also suggests modifications to any rules that do not appear to be providing adequate protection of water quality. These recommendations, which may include administrative rule changes, are then moved towards corresponding rule promulgation following extensive reviews and analyses. These ensure that Idaho’s best management practices and rules are based on the best available information. 

Landowners, forestry operators, the public, and other interested parties are invited to observe these audits. Participation is at the discretion of the land owner and must be arranged in advance. Please contact Hawk Stone or Gary Hess for more details. 

Click pin for detailed information.

Sale Name Audit Date Provisional Meeting Location Meeting Time
South Mountain 5/18/2020 Jordan Valley Post Office 11 a.m.
Gambrinus 5/19/2020 Garden Valley Chevron 9 a.m.
Half Hazard Fire Salvage 5/22/2020 New Meadows Post Office 9 a.m.
Turkey Track 6/1/2020 Crouch Merc. 10 a.m.
Trestle Salvage 6/2/2020 Cascade Post Office 9:30 a.m.
Fort Hall Hill 6/3/2020 New Meadows Post Office 9 a.m.
4th Rock 6/4/2020 New Meadows Ranger District 9 a.m.
Moonshine 6/5/2020 Slate Creek Recreation Site (on US95) 10 a.m.
Dutch Oven 6/9/2020 Grangeville USFS office 11 a.m.
Double Lo 6/10/2020 Kamiah Post Office 9:30 a.m.
NIPF Baker 6/11/2020 Kamiah Post Office 9 a.m.
Cow Patty 6/15/2020 Deary IDL Office 1 p.m.
Last Big Chance 6/16/2020 Harvard Post Office 9 a.m.
Bologna 6/17/2020 Deary IDL office 8:30 a.m.
Mustang Merry 6/17/2020 None
MT Hemlock 6/18/2020 Deary IDL office 8:30 a.m.
Purdue Cedar 6/19/2020 Deary IDL office 8:30 a.m.
NIPF Evans 6/29/2020 Priest River Post Office 11:30 a.m.
Riley 6/29/2020 None
North Cooks Pass 6/30/2020 Sandpoint IDL office 8:30 a.m.
Surprise Decks 7/1/2020 Athol Post Office 8:30 a.m.
Selkirk Powder 7/2/2020 Sandpoint IDL office 8:30 a.m.
NIPF DH & EH 7/3/2020 Sandpoint IDL office 8:30 a.m.
Springtown 7/3/2020 None
Turnover 7/13/2020 Coeur d'Alene IDL Mica office 10:30 a.m.
Middle Prospect 7/14/2020 None
North Crossing 7/14/2020 Harvard Post Office 9 a.m.
Assembled Oviatt 7/15/2020 None
Bovill Cleanup 7/15/2020 Deary IDL office 8:30 a.m.
Bullistic 7/15/2020 None
Hidden Gem 7/16/2020 Deary IDL office 8:30 a.m.
Land Shark 7/16/2020 None
Looty Roads 7/17/2020 Potlatch Railroad Depot 9 a.m.
Meadow Creek 7/27/2020 Macks Inn Stage Stop 8:30 a.m.
Mis Libby 7/28/2020 Fairfield Ranger District 10 a.m.
Beaver Creek North Roadside Salvage 7/29/2020 Macks Inn Stage Stop Lowman Ranger District 10:30 a.m.
Smiley Creek Reoffer 7/30/2020 Smiley Creek Lodge 9:30 a.m.
McDevitt MPB Salvage #1 7/31/2020 Salmon Post Office 10:30 a.m.
NIPF Ament 8/24/2020 Athol Post Office 1 p.m.
NIPF Lundin 8/24/2020 Coeur d'Alene IDL Mica office 8:30 a.m.
Cherry Tree 8/25/2020 None
South Brickel Cedar 8/25/2020 Coeur d'Alene IDL Mica office 9 a.m.
NIPF Elliott 8/26/2020 Priest River Post Office 9 a.m.
Roothann Lowdown 8/26/2020 None
Jasper II GNA 8/27/2020 Priest River Post Office 8:30 a.m.
Strong Fish 8/28/2020 None
NIPF Poirier 8/28/2020 None
Cougar Gulch 9/7/2020 Q'emiln Park in Post Falls 10 a.m.
Lost Butler 9/7/2020 None
Blue Creek Bay 9/8/2020 Coeur d'Alene IDL Mica office 8:30 a.m.
NIPF Rehart 9/9/2020 None 9 a.m.
Reeds Wedge 9/9/2020 None
Rutledge ROW 9/10/2020 St. Maries IDL office 8:30 a.m.
Johns Pit 9/11/2020 Emida - Hwy 6 and Main Avenue 8:30 a.m.
Whiskey Mojo 9/21/2020 Orofino Post Office 12:30 p.m.
Butte Forks 9/22/2020 None
Casey Corner 6 9/22/2020 Headquarters Potlatch office 9 a.m.
NIPF Kleinsmith 9/23/2020 none
NIPF Larson 9/23/2020 Weippe Post Office 8:30 a.m.
Space Shade 9/24/2020 Weippe Post Office 9 a.m.
Fords Creek 9/25/2020 Weippe Post Office 9 a.m.


Page Subscription

Staff Contacts

Senior Water Quality Scientist
Hawk Stone
DEQ State Office
Technical Services Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0588

Forest Practices Program Manager
Gary Hess
Idaho Department of Lands
3284 W. Industrial Loop
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
(208) 666-8636

DEQ Resources