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F&G commission approves state lands access agreement

Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Aug. 23 approved a memorandum of agreement with the Idaho Department of Lands to continue public access for hunting, fish, trapping and other recreation on about 2.3 million acres of state endowment lands.

Fish and Game will provide 25¢ per acre annually to the Department of Lands – about $580,000 – which includes credit for in-kind, law-enforcement services provided by Fish and Game conservation officers on endowment lands.

Fish and Game’s law enforcement services are valued at about $213,000, which is the equivalent of salaries, benefits, and operating expenses of two, full-time senior conservation officers, and enforcement will be performed by existing Fish and Game staff. Fish and Game will pay the remaining $367,000 annually in a direct payment.

Unlike federal public lands, state endowment lands don’t receive general tax funding to manage public recreation, provide recreational services, or repair damage from irresponsible use.


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