The federal government owns 33.4 million acres of land within the state of Idaho. And if you're so inclined, you can walk on just about every acre of it. These are your public lands. You have access to them. Usually at no charge. Same thing applies if the state of Idaho ever gets ownership of those lands, right? Not necessarily. Skeptics have argued that the cost of managing the federal lands - nearly $500 million a year if you include firefighting costs, according to a recent Congressional Research Service study - would bankrupt the state. It would have no choice but to liquidate the holdings and sell them off to the highest bidder. For the sake of argument, however, let's say public lands transfer advocates are right and Idaho could retain ownership. You still have reason to worry/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.