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Is transferring federal lands to state a good idea for Idaho? Check it out tonight

Parker Ridge (above) and adjacent Long Canyon in the Selkirk Mountains near Bonners Ferry are recommended for wilderness.
Parker Ridge (above) and adjacent Long Canyon in the Selkirk Mountains near Bonners Ferry are recommended for wilderness.

PUBLIC LANDS -- Efforts to transfer some federal lands in Idaho to state ownership could have significant consequences. Because they're worth exploring, the Idaho Conservation League is hosting one of its informal "After Hours in Coeur d'Alene" discussions over a beer or two tonight, 6 p.m., at Daft Badger Brewery, 1710 N. 2nd St.

"Today some politicians are making a grab to control or even sell off Idaho’s treasured landscapes," says ICL North Idaho rep Brad Smith in his open invitation for the public to come and quench their thirst for knowledge on the subject. "This land grab threatens our heritage and way of life."

ICL Government Relations Director Jonathan Oppenheimer will give a short presentation about what’s new with the public lands takeover at the state and federal level. He'll include an update on the recently concluded Idaho legislative session and what it means for Idaho’s environment.

"Enjoy a tasty glass of locally crafted beer and some complimentary snacks while you learn about public lands in Idaho," Smith said. "No RSVP or policy background is required."


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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