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Tue., Aug. 2, 2011, 7:04 a.m.

Recreation top use on Idaho BLM land, study finds

Carey and Ryan Stanley of Coeur d'Alene, front center, pose with a group of clients with their Silver Valley snowcat skiing operation, Peak Adventures. (Courtesy photo)
Carey and Ryan Stanley of Coeur d'Alene, front center, pose with a group of clients with their Silver Valley snowcat skiing operation, Peak Adventures. (Courtesy photo)

PUBLIC LANDS – A new study shows recreation and the industry that supports outdoors activities is outpacing traditional uses such as grazing and mining on land managed by the Bureau of Land management in Idaho.

The results are from a study on the U.S. Department of Interior’s economic effects in Idaho. The state has ample public land, including nearly 12 million acres managed by BLM.

The report finds that recreation accounts for six times more jobs than grazing and timber industries, and three times more than energy and minerals.

BLM Deputy State Director Jeff Foss says ranchers still drive many rural economies. But he says from a statewide perspective recreation is tops.

The Idaho Statesman reports the BLM spends about $81 million annually to manage grazing and timber land, compared to $68 million on recreation management.




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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