From the D.C. swamp to the West: Will Trump relocate federal land agencies?

“[Zinke’s] view is that we have too many people working in Interior in Washington, D.C., when the work that needs to be done is out in the states and particularly in the West, and he wants to move a lot of the management decisions and a lot of the people from Washington out to the states…” Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman […]

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BLM Idaho management plan to prohibit hobby rock collecting

Approximately 3 million acres are targeted for withdrawal in Idaho. Affected areas include much of the land in and around the Lost River basin between Challis and Arco as well as huge swaths of land around Carey. This area is prime rockhounding country. It would be a shame to effectively shut down recreational rockhounding in this mineral paradise. Gerald Gibeault […]

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Feds order destruction of wolf elk kill data because helicopters were used

Their stated goal was to learn why the elk population there has declined “related to excessive predation following federal reintroduction of wolves into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in the mid-1990s.” Idaho has a game management plan calling for the removal of 60 percent of the wolf population in the River of No Return area to boost elk […]

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Six Western counties take Obama to court over exclusionary BLM planning rule

The lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for Utah, involves Kane County, Big Horn County, Wyo.; Chaves County, New Mexico; Custer County, Idaho; Garfield County, Colorado; Modoc County, California, and the Dona Ana Soil and Water Conservation District in New Mexico. Federal lawsuit targets BLM planning rule SALT LAKE CITY — Kane County is among six rural counties […]

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OPINION: Proactively addressing anti-hunting laws on federal lands

“Anti-hunting sentiment could lead to anti-hunting laws on a federal level if lands remain under federal government control…A number of animal rights and anti-hunting organizations are more than willing to restrict or ban hunting altogether. They have a much better chance of accomplishing their goals on the federal level than on the state level.” I could support the transfer of […]

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Ranchers nervous about slickspot peppergrass ‘endangered’ listing

Idaho mulling options following listing of tiny desert plant BOISE — It’s unclear if Idaho’s long-running battle with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a tiny desert flower will continue. Gov. Butch Otter’s office is weighing its options after the USFWS again listed the slickspot peppergrass as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Otter, a rancher, has fought a […]

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