Posts tagged: Idaho state lands
PUBLIC LANDS — Idaho is about halfway through its two-year investigation on whether it should try to take over federal lands within the state. Opinions vary dramatically on how much it would cost the state if it was able to pull this off. State residents also have polarized opinions.
Now Montana is looking into the possibility.
Control of federal lands focus of Montana hearing
In 2013, the Montana Legislature ordered the Environmental Quality Council to study federal land management, and on Wednesday, the panel heard from Ken Ivory, a Utah state legislator who sponsored legislation to require the federal government to transfer lands to state control, and Tim France, an attorney for the National Wildlife Federation, as well as state Sen. Jennifer Fielder, who said surveys on the issue were sent to Montana counties where the federal government owned 15 percent or more of the land.
—Great Falls Tribune
Oregon, however, is taking a different tact of trying to work WITH federal forest managers:
State forestry leaders in Oregon know they alone can’t change the way federal forests are managed. But they joined Gov. John Kitzhaber Wednesday in outlining the changes they’d like to see as Congress considers several bills that would change forest management, according to a story by Northwest Public Radio.
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
PUBLIC LANDS — Federal lands belong to every U.S. citizen, but the Idaho Legislature is attempting, and perhaps wasting a lot of time and money, to take charge of lands managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies.
On Friday, Aug. 9, the Idaho Legislature’s Federal Lands Interim Committee will hold its first hearing to consider a process for the controversial proposal to acquire title to all federally administered public lands in Idaho.
The Interim Committee was established through House Concurrent Resolution 22, enacted by the Idaho Legislature in April demanding that the federal government “imminently transfer title” to more than 33 million acres of public lands in Idaho.
The hearing will be webcast live online. (Under Committees/Locations, click on Venues, then on EW42)
WHAT: Federal Lands Interim Committee Meeting
WHEN: Friday, August 9, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (MDT)
WHERE: Idaho Capitol, Room East Wing 42 (EW42), Lower Level, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise
WHO: Members of the Interim Committee from the Senate include Sens. Winder (Co-Chair), Davis, Tippets, Nuxoll and Stennett. Representatives on the Committee include Reps. Denney (Co-Chair), Moyle, Anderson, Hartgen and Burgoyne.
See the agenda.
See reaction from the Idaho Conservaton League: