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Thu., Dec. 26, 2013, 10:54 a.m.

Studies conflict on whether Idaho would lose in federal lands takeover

It's morning, and time for trout fishing at Baldy Lake in the Seven Devils Mountains of the Hells Canyon Wilderness. The Idaho Fish and Game Department uses aircraft to stock the lake with 1,000 triploid rainbow fry every three years.
It's morning, and time for trout fishing at Baldy Lake in the Seven Devils Mountains of the Hells Canyon Wilderness. The Idaho Fish and Game Department uses aircraft to stock the lake with 1,000 triploid rainbow fry every three years.

PUBLIC LANDS -- Who do you believe on this issue?

 Analysis paints different picture of Idaho taking over federal lands
The Idaho Conservation League released an economic analysis done by a Wilderness Society economist with a Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University's School of Forestry that said the cumulative cost of Idaho taking control over most of the federal government's lands within its borders would be $2 billion over 20 years, while the analysis done by the state Department of Lands earlier this year said the state could reap between $51 million and $75 million annually in net revenue from managing those lands.
--Idaho Mountain Express 




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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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