Saturday, March 19, 2016

Public lands bills come to head in Idaho Legislature - Full Article

"For those that think the state wouldn’t sell the land, the 1.5 million acres of state land that has already been sold speaks for itself." Brad Brooks, The Wilderness Society

March 14, 2016 11:56 PM

By Rocky Barker

Idaho lawmakers who want to force or convince the federal government to transfer public lands ran into a surly crowd of hunters and anglers dressed in camouflage, hunting vests and fishing shirts in February.

The outdoors lovers had come to a Feb. 29 presentation by Utah lawmakers and an attorney, and their presence sent the message they want the public lands left in federal hands. Sporting groups like the Idaho Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, and others had quickly organized the crowd to challenge the argument from the Utah lawmakers that Idaho should join the legal fight to give Western states “equal rights” with Eastern, Midwestern and Southern states...

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