Public Lands

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.