The federal government controls 63% of Idaho’s natural resources. This results in complications for outdoor groups accessing our lands, eliminating high-wage job opportunities in our rural communities, and dangers from extreme wildfires due to the federal government’s inability to afford proper land management. Our natural resources are a source of wealth; they need to be managed wisely, protected better, and ensured for access by Idahoans and for Idahoans.
I believe we can find a way to utilize the land by bringing together all of Idaho’s stakeholders to help craft a plan for wise local management of our natural resources. Otherwise, we will continue to rely on federal PILT payments and rural school funding that is often under-funded, neglectful forest management that leads to greater environmental damage through fires, and rural communities that continue to lack high-paying job opportunities for their children and grandchildren.
For years, I have been a vocal critic of the reintroduction of wolves in Idaho. The excess population of wolves in Idaho has proven detrimental to our economy, ranchers, and natural resources. I was extremely pleased with Acting Secretary Bernhardt’s decision to delist the gray wolf and I will continue to support efforts to undo federal government overreach.
Aquifer Recharge Flexibility Act
Improves aquifer levels in Idaho and across western states by expanding the ability for aquifer recharge through federal lands and facilities.
Enhancing Geothermal Production on Federal Lands Act
Alleviates the currently long and burdensome processes-- opening up new opportunities to harness this clean energy in our state and across the country.
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