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Ken Andrus: Transfer of federal land to state control

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Presently in Idaho there is great concern and public demonstration against federal lands coming under state control. The objections are reasonable. Let’s discuss the issue.

In 2015 Boise State University conducted a state survey in which 56.3 percent of Idahoans favored state management over federal management if it didn’t cost taxpayer dollars.

The objections I continually encountered while in the Legislature and from people across the state were basically these: 1- It would cost Idaho too much to fight a major fire.

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Letter to the Editor: National Monuments Are Bad For Forest Health

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To the Editor:

I am writing in response to “Yosemite Audubon Society Supports Sierra National Monument.” This is the area between Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon where there are already many Wilderness Areas along with monuments. A Monument is absolutely the wrong thing to do. Here are some reasons why:

Years of mismanagement have made our forests overgrown, unsustainable and unhealthy. Because of the drought and the bark beetle, our forests have become tinder boxes ready to explode.

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The Closing of the American Mind

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There are dangerous signs that the U.S. is turning its back on the principles of a free and open society that fostered the nation’s rise.

The following op-ed was written by Charles Koch and was originally published here.


I was born in the midst of the Great Depression, when no one could imagine the revolutionary technological advances that we now take for granted. Innovations in countless fields have transformed society and radically improved individual well-being, especially for the least fortunate.

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Socialized Land Ownership In A Democracy

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The following opinion piece was written by Brian Seasholes, Director, Reason Foundation Endangered Species Project, and was originally published here.


Most Americans are probably unaware the federal government owns almost one-third of the United States, or 640 million acres. This enormous amount of federal land has profound impacts on the ability of many states, municipalities and communities to govern themselves effectively, raise taxes necessary for basic services, such as police, fire and schools, conserve the environment, and maintain viable economies that can provide living wages for ordinary people.

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Exposing the BLM – Part 4 – Resource Theft

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This article was written by Karen Schumacher and was originally published here.


The Johannesburg Summit 2002 defines the U.S. responsibilities for land management. Program implementation includes, “internationally accepted principles for environmental management and governance”; “influence use of land…dealing with water and wildlife habitat”; “the ESA can constrain the use and development of private land“; “Government regulations, conservation easements, contracts, or other instruments that arise out of law, custom, and the operation of private markets serve to regulate both landowners’ and society’s rights to use land.

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