Foster understanding by creating collaborative partnerships to sustain healthy rangelands.
Nearly half of Idaho is classified as rangeland. Eighty percent of rangelands are managed by either a federal or state agency. It is essential for the citizens of Idaho to have a good understanding of the ecology and management of these lands. IRRC’s role is to create programs and materials to increase public understanding of the ecology of Idaho’s rangelands and how they are managed.
- To increase public understanding that Idaho’s rangelands are a renewable source of important consumer products and environmental values.
- To provide, coordinate, and disseminate factual information about the economic and environmental aspects of grazing management practices.
- To promote public support for Idaho’s livestock industry.
- To help achieve and maintain a healthy livestock industry through responsible rangeland stewardship.
- To advocate balanced use of rangeland resources.
IRRC conducts periodic public opinion polls to understand the what the public perceptions are on rangeland issues.
The Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission is prohibited by law from advocating specific legislation or political candidates. It is a state agency with an educational mission. The IRRC is not a regulatory agency.
Board & Staff
A volunteer board of five voting members, nominated by the aforementioned organizations and appointed by the Governor, governs the IRRC. They each serve a five-year term.
Royce Schwenkfelder, Chairman
Grand View, ID
Gretchen Hyde, Executive Director
Address: P.O. Box 126 • Emmett, ID 83617
Phone: (208) 398-7002 • 1-877 ID RANGE (toll free in Idaho)
BLM State Director
1387 S. Vinnell Way | Boise, ID 83709
Society for Range Management President
Idaho Department of Lands Director
300 N 6th St, Ste. 103 | Boise, ID 83702
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean
University of Idaho | Moscow, ID 83844-2331
Idaho Department of Agriculture Director
P. O. Box 790 | Boise, ID 83707
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho | Moscow, ID 83844-1131
Idaho Rangeland Committee
Natural Resource Conservation Service
3244 Elder Street | Boise, ID 83705
United State Forest Service
Idaho Fish & Game Director
600 S. Walnut | Boise, ID 83712
In the early 1990s, the Idaho Cattle Association, the Idaho Wool Growers Association and the Idaho Rangeland Committee saw a need for increasing the public’s knowledge and understanding about rangeland management. These organizations jointly proposed enabling legislation to create the first “Rangeland Resource Commission” in the United States. The Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, a state agency, was created by House Bill No. 910, Chapter No. 14, Title No. 58, Idaho Code, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Cecil Andrus during the 1994 legislative session.