Public Lands

Many of us are here in Idaho because of the land’s natural beauty and the recreation opportunities available to us. We feel a real responsibility to be stewards of this gift, and recognize that many of our friends depend on these natural resources for their livelihood.

I believe in public ownership of these lands. But I also believe in using them, but not “using them up”. Multiple use, including logging, mining and grazing as well as recreation and even conservation, all have roles in maintaining the public benefit from these lands.

I do not think that Idaho should “take over” federal public land. We do not have the ability to care for it, and would likely be required to sell off property. Once in private hands, access and a focus on the public good is diminished. That is not a future attractive to many Idahoans.