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.

Wolf Management

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.

Legislation

  •  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.