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.

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