March 24, 2010 in Idaho

Idaho eyes broader land management

By The Spokesman-Review
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BOISE – Idaho state lawmakers have approved a resolution that calls for looking into the feasibility of the state taking over management of some or all federal land in Idaho, at the urging of a North Idaho lawmaker.

Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, sponsored HCR 58 because, he said, he grew up at Priest Lake seeing a contrast between the state-owned endowment timberland there and the federally managed U.S. Forest Service land. “There are things we do much better,” he said.

His resolution, which calls on the state’s Constitutional Defense Council to investigate, won final passage in the Senate on Tuesday after earlier passing the House.

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