Agency Role and Responsibility

Idaho Power has submitted applications to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Department of Navy and the Bureau of Reclamation to obtain authorization for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H Project) to cross the lands they manage. These agencies are obligated to review and make decisions on Idaho Power’s applications.

Because these decisions may have significant environmental effects, an environmental impact statement (EIS) is being prepared, consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). BLM is the lead federal agency for NEPA compliance and will coordinate the analysis for all the federal agencies.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - BLM is responsible for carrying out a variety of programs for the management and conservation of resources on 258 million acres. BLM manages multiple resources and uses, including energy and minerals, timber, forage, recreation, wild horse and burro herds, fish and wildlife habitat, wilderness areas, and archaeological, paleontological and historical sites. The BLM-Vale District is the point of contact for the project.

U.S. Forest Service (USFS) - The USFS manages 193 million acres of public land for multiple uses and benefits and for the sustained yield of renewable resources such as water, forage, wood, recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, wilderness areas, and archaeological, paleontological, and historical sites. USFS is a cooperating agency with the BLM on the project. The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Whitman Ranger District (Baker City Office), is the point of contact for the Project on national forest lands.

For more information on the analysis and permitting process, visit the NEPA Process page on this website.

This website is the joint Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project site. While information contained on this site is approved for posting by the BLM, it is not the official BLM website. Visit the BLM website.


Tamara Gertsch
BLM National Project Manager
Phone: 307-775-6115
E-mail Tamara

Renee Straub
BLM Project Coordinator
Phone: 541-473-6289
E-mail Renee

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