America's public lands are an important resource that must be carefully managed and protected to meet multiple uses. In Idaho these lands make up nearly two-thirds of our state.
As governor I worked with a collaborative group of land users to design a plan for managing Idaho's roadless public lands. The resulting policy provided higher levels of protection for some lands that truly deserved it and allowed multiple use of other lands where it fit. That collaborative effort enjoys widespread support.
Public land management does not work when Congress passes a top-down mandate. Instead, land users in each state should be allowed to come together and craft their own plans of management like Idaho's Roadless Rule.
Public Lands Related Press Releases
|9/24/19||Risch Leads Senators in Calling on Secretary Perdue to Prioritize Forest Projects in Rural Counties|
|9/23/16||Risch, Crapo Urge Leadership to Fully Fund PILT Payments Critical for County Budgets|
|8/2/13||Idaho Senators Join Bill to Make Judgment Fund More Accountable|
|11/9/12||Idaho Roadless Rule Case Heard|
|6/19/12||Senators Concerned with Proposed Caribou Designation|
|5/11/12||Risch, Crapo Push for County Payments|
|4/24/12||Western Caucus Holds Hearing on Western Job Growth and American Energy Development|
|11/1/11||Risch, Tester Work to Establish Equal Footing for Renewable Energy|
|10/19/11||Senate Approves Ski Resort and Hydro Legislation|
|10/6/11||Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Continue County Payments|