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.


Chapter 2, Title 47, Idaho Code 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

Chris Dail
Exploration Manager, Perpetua Resources Idaho, Inc.

David Hawk
Representative, Office of the Governor

Alistair Smith
Chair, Department of Earth and Spatial Sciences

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

Glenn Thackray
Chair, Department of Geosciences, Idaho State University

Alyssa Veatch
Idaho Association of Professional Geologists, HDR

Dorsey Wanless
Chair, Department of Geosciences, Boise State University

Idaho Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee

Dale Kerner, Chair
Permitting Manager, Perpetua Resources Idaho, Inc.

Katy Bergholm
Regional Administrator, Pocatello Regional Office, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Dominique Brough
Geologist, Caribou-Targhee National Forests

Shawn Enright
District Geologist, Idaho Transportation Department

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

Rachel Hunt
Project Geologist, Cornforth Consultants

Josh Johnson
Senior Conservation Associate, Idaho Conservation League

Mark Kimsey
Research Associate Professor, Forest Resources
Director, Intermountain Forestry Cooperative, University of Idaho

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

Sean Long
Associate Professor, Earth Sciences, Washington State University

Michael McVay
Water Resources Engineer, Idaho Department of Water Resources

Robert Morgan
VP Exploration, Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc.

Robert Mullener
Permitting Manager, DeLamar Mining Co.

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

Dave Schwarz
Resource Geologist, Idaho Department of Lands

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

Richard Stover
Administrator, Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources