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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.
PUBLIC LANDS — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is conducting workshops in the next two weeks so the public can view maps and participate in developing proposals for managing 445,000 acres in Washington, including the Fishtrap Lake area and Huckleberry Mountains.
Issues to be presented include grazing, recreational shooting, off-road vehicle use, wildlife protection and more.
Meetings of interest to the Spokane region are scheduled for 6 p.m.-9 p.m. as follows:
- Okanogan, July 27, County Fairgrounds Agriplex Annex, 175 Rodeo Trail.
- Pasco, Aug. 2, TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd., Room 4.
- Davenport, Aug. 3, Davenport Memorial Hall, 511 Park St.
- Colville, Aug. 4, Institute for Extended Learning, 985 S Elm S.
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PUBLIC LANDS — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will swear in its new Spokane District manager on Tuesday at the district office,1103 North Fancher Rd.
Daniel Picard has been the Superintendent for the Uintah and Ouray Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs since 2007. Picard has two decades of service with the Nez Perce Tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs working on water rights, dam safety, FERC relicensing, cultural resource protection, fisheries management, and oil and gas leasing.
PUBLIC LANDS —Conservation got an edge in management considerations on a portion of western Bureau of Land Management areas under an order signed late last year by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Salazar's order clarifies that the Bureau of Land Management should treat conservation as a top priority in managing the 27-million acre National Landscape Conservation System. The bureau also promotes grazing, energy development and tourism on the total of 245 million acres under its jurisdiction.
PUBLIC LANDS — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced new appointments or re-appointments of four members to the Bureau of Land Management Coeur d’Alene District’s citizen-based Resource Advisory Council.
- Kimberly Rice Brown, Archaeological and Historical Interest representative.
- David Brummer, Procurement Manager for Stimson Lumber Co., Commercial Timber representative.
- Keegan Schmidt, Lewis-Clark State College associate professor, GeologyAcademia representative.
- Kimberly Friend, business owner-operator, Commercial Recreation representative.
PUBLIC LANDS — This initial brief report, which just moved on the Associated Press wire, may be of particular interest in Washington, where BLM has consolidated its land holdings into several large acreages popular with sportsmen on the East Side of the state.
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LOS ANGELES — Government officials say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has mishandled a mandate to exchange land with the states of California and Washington.
The Government Accountability Office report released Monday says the BLM has been selling some properties and purchasing others, rather than completing the straightforward trades they’re permitted to perform.
It says that doing so circumvented the U.S. Congress’ authority, since it bought land outside of Congress’ appropriations process.
The GAO also says the agency may have missed out on revenue by directly selling land to interested buyers instead of putting it out to competitive bid.
A BLM spokesman did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.
SNOWCAT SKIING — A North Idaho snowcat skiing operation has be issued a temporary permit to continue operating their backcountry ski business out of Cataldo, the owners told S-R reporter Becky Kramer Tuesday.
Peak Adventures, as the company has for years, soon will take advantage of this season’s generous early snowpack to operate in the St. Joe Mountains.
By January, the company should be offering trips, said Carey Stanley, who owns Peak Adventures with her husband, Ryan. The couple told the S-R they have received permission to operate on 3,200 acres of federal land administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, as well as several thousand acres of Idaho Department of Lands property, Stanley said.
But the couple plan to appeal the BLM’s decision not to extend the permit for use of federal land beyond the 2010-’11 season.