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Teton County Commission opposes federal land transfers

The Grand Tetons have attracted climbers since the 1800s. (Associated Press)
The Grand Tetons have attracted climbers since the 1800s. (Associated Press)

PUBLIC LANDS --The Teton County Board of Commissioners in Driggs, Idaho, voted Monday to oppose efforts to transfer America’s federal public lands to the state of Idaho or local governments.

Some counties in Colorado, Wyoming, and Arizona have recently done the same.

“The Board of County Commissioners strongly supports federal ownership and management of public lands in Teton County and the incredible value federal lands bring to our county’s economy, recreation, heritage, and quality of life," the resolution states.

The county’s resolution recognizes the importance of public lands for:

  • Providing fish and wildlife with habitat, while offering opportunities for outdoor recreation—including hunting, fishing, hiking, wildlife-watching, horseback riding, and bicycling—that is essential to residents’ quality of life.
  • Attracting outdoor recreation tourism that drives local spending and employs hundreds of county residents.
  • Preserving historically significant and irreplaceable cultural sites and landscapes.

Public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service comprise 62 percent of Idaho and 33 percent of Teton County.

County residents apparently consider that an asset, not a liability.

Learn more about county opposition to the sale or seizure of America’s public lands at

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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