Contact IGS


Moscow Office

University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 3014
Moscow, ID 83844-3014

Boise Office

Idaho Water Center
Suite 201
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

About IGS

IGS Mission

The Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) is a non-regulatory state agency that leads in the collection, interpretation, and dissemination of geologic and mineral data for Idaho. The agency has served the state since 1919 and prior to 1984 was named the Idaho Bureau of Mines and Geology.

The Survey’s mission is to provide the state with timely and relevant geologic information. Members of the IGS fulfill this mission through applied geologic research and strong collaborations with federal and state agencies, academia, and the private sector. IGS research focuses on geologic mapping, geologic hazards, hydrogeology, geothermal energy, oil and gas, and metallic and industrial minerals. The Survey's Digital Mapping Laboratory is central to compiling, producing, and delivering new digital geologic maps and publications for the agency. The IGS is also engaged in dissemination of historic mining records, community service, and earth science education. As Idaho grows, demand is increasing for geologic and geospatial information related to energy, mineral, and water resource development, and landslide and earthquake hazards.


IGS is committed to the advancement of the geosciences and emphasizes the practical application of geology to benefit society. The Survey seeks to accomplish its responsibilities through service and outreach, research, and education.


Idaho Statutes, Title 47, Chapter 2 provides for the creation, purpose, duties, reporting, offices, and Advisory Board of the IGS. The Statutes specify the authority to conduct investigations, establish cooperative projects, and seek research funding. The IGS publishes an Annual Report as required by its enabling act.

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Annual Reports

Advisory Board

Claudio Berti, Ex officio Chair
Director, Idaho Geological Survey

Susan Cleverley
Mitigation Section Chief, Idaho Office of Emergency Management

Benjamin Crosby
Chair, Department of Geosciences, Idaho State University

Chris Dail
Exploration Manager, Midas Gold Idaho, Inc.

Jerry Fairley
Chair, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Idaho

David Hawk
Representative, Office of the Governor

James McNamara
Chair, Department of Geosciences, Boise State University

Dan Moore
Professor, Department of Geology, Brigham Young University – Idaho

Rich Reed
Idaho Association of Professional Geologists, Idaho Engineering and Geology, Inc.

Mick Thomas
Oil and Gas Division Administrator, Idaho Department of Lands

Idaho Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee

Dale Kerner, Chair
Permitting Manager, Midas Gold Idaho, Inc.

Dominique Brough
Geologist, Caribou-Targhee National Forests

John Chatburn
Administrator, Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources

Shawn Enright
District Geologist, Idaho Transportation Department

David Hawk
Representative, Office of the Governor, IGS Advisory Board, E2A Energy Analysis and Answers

Mark Kimsey
Research Assistant Professor, Intermountain Forestry Cooperative, Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho

Joe Larsen
Geologist, Mining Law Program Lead, Bureau of Land Management

Sean Long
Associate Professor, Earth Sciences, Washington State University

Mike McVay
Hydrogeologist, Idaho Department of Water Resources

Jonathan Moore
Project Geologist, Hecla Mining Company

Shawn Nield
State Soil Scientist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Services

David Pearson
Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Idaho State University

John Rice
President, Rocky Mountain Environmental Associates, Inc.

Lydia Staisch
Research Geologist, USGS Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center

Katie Wilkes
Mine Geologist, JR Simplot Co. - Smoky Canyon Mine