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Crapo, Labrador wish to trade Lochsa lands away

Letter to the Editor

 Senator Crapo proposed to prepare a congressional bill with Rep. Labrador/Sen. Risch to legislate trading away tens of thousands of acres of prime hunting, fishing and recreational lands, owned by the people, to a realty/timber company who owns 39,000 acres of cutover, clearcut lands. The reason for this unorthodox promise is because the Forest Service could not fulfill the federal regulation that any trade of federal public lands must be justified and in the interest of the people.

Senator Risch agreed to work with Senator Crapo to trade away the Lochsa Land Exchange lands at a public meeting in Grangeville in November, 2015. The gymnasium housing the public meeting was completely filled with 400 people. In presentations by the audience, only a couple supported the trade away of these lands. Afterwards there was complete silence by attendees. All the other presentations were against the trade and people stood up and clapped, whistled and shouted very energetically. Afterwards, Senator Risch removed himself from being part of the unwanted trade, stating that he did this because some 97 percent of the people’s comments objected to the Lochsa Land Exchange fiasco. The people thank Senator Risch for his decision.

Senator Crapo and Labrador wish to trade these lands away without listening to the people. If you vote for Senator Crapo or Labrador, you are voting for legislators who will initially trade away up to 39,000 acres of cherished public federal lands used by tens of thousands of people annually. Do you really want these two re-elected to trade more lands away through congressional bills?

Note: Outdoor recreation on mostly public lands activities brings in 3/4 of a trillion dollars annually in spending on recreation across the U.S.

Harvey Neese

Clarkston, Wash.


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