Hunters, anglers, rafters, hikers and other outdoor folks are sitting on their hands and letting the Idaho Legislature prepare to steal their public federal lands.
That’s the only way I can figure it.
The folks at the Statehouse are working on a resolution demanding that the federal government transfer all of its land to the state.
It’s a pretty bad idea, and one where the land could be eventually be sold into private hands or leased to corporations. Imagine Stanley Lake (pictured) leased and run by a private company. Imagine a big mining pit in the middle of Bear Valley. Imagine clear cuts across the mountains around Louie Lake?
It’s not that difficult to lose public access if land is taken out of the control of the federal government. Where’s the outrage, especially in a state where recreation is so important?
I remember the group called Save Our Public Lands that was organized in 1980 by Idaho’s most famous and respected outdoor writer Ted Trueblood.
The group started to oppose the Sagebrush Rebellion, a similar takeover of public federal lands.
Trueblood focused attention on the land grab. He said “They’re Fixin’ to Steal Your Land.”
Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman