Idaho’s roadsides are indebted to Idaho’s Centennial Celebration in 1990 and the “Idaho is Too Great to Litter” campaign that was rolled out to help keep them clean.
Volunteer groups “adopt” a specific stretch of highway – usually two miles long – and take responsibility for keeping it clean through regular litter patrols throughout the year.
ITD estimates that the program saves about $750,000 annually by using volunteer labor – in 33 years that adds up to about $24.8M. More than 3.3 million lbs. of trash and debris have been removed from Idaho’s roadsides through the program, including the trash pick-up efforts of inmate crews through the Department of Corrections. The savings are redirected to highway construction and needed maintenance to improve Gem State roads and bridges.
There are more than 1,000 active volunteer groups participating in the statewide program. More than half of Idaho’s highways have been adopted. There are still many opportunities for other groups and individuals to get involved. Almost a third of the roadsides on the state’s highway system are available for adoption.
For more information about the program, contact the area coordinator:
North Idaho | Counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone
- Julie Roseborough | 208-772-1240 | email@example.com | 600 W Prairie Dr Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815
North Central Idaho | Counties: Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce
- Kelsie Corder | 208-799-4207 | Kelsie.Corder@itdaho.gov | P.O. Box 837 Lewiston, ID 83501
Southwest Idaho | Counties: Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington
- Jenn Ford | 208-334-8350 | firstname.lastname@example.org | P.O. Box 8028 Boise, ID 83707
South-central Idaho | Counties: Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls
- Wendy Robinson | 208-886-7800 | email@example.com | 216 S. Date Street Shoshone, ID 83352
Southeast Idaho | Counties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power.
- Judi Conner | 208-334-8094 | firstname.lastname@example.org | P.O. Box 7129, Boise, ID 83707
East Idaho | Counties: Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Freemont, Custer, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison and Teton
- Erika Tucker | 208-745-5612 | email@example.com | 206 N. Yellowstone Hwy. Rigby, ID 83442