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Risch sets meeting on controverisal Lochsa land swap

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Officials are considering a controversial proposal to swap federal land for private timberland in the upper Lochsa River basin. The Lewiston Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1MMc8um ) Republican Sen. Jim Risch is holding a meeting in Grangeville Tuesday to discuss the proposal. Under the proposed legislation, Western Pacific Timber Co. would offer 39,000 acres of land in the upper Lochsa River basin in exchange for U.S. Forest Service land of similar value. Most of the federal land would come from Idaho County, near Grangeville. The land is a popular area for hunting and other outdoor activities. Federal officials say acquiring the private land would allow for protection of important fish and wildlife habitat. But opponents of the trade, which has been debated for eight years, don't want to lose access to public land.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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