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Red herring tactic to undermine exchange

Letter to the Editor

Judging from last week’s letters to the Free Press, radical environmentalists are putting on a full court press before the ink is even dry on the proposed Central Idaho Land Exchange. They are likening it to the failed Lochsa Land Exchange of a few years ago, which it is not. 

In exchange for federal assumption of private lands in the upper Lochsa, some federal parcels in proximity to Grangeville would transfer to the Idaho Department of Lands. These lands would be managed as multiple use, to include sustainable timber harvesting, and would remain open for recreation. The jobs and revenue created would financially benefit our communities and reduce the need for handouts from the feds and yearly school levies.

Unable to use the former scare tactic of condos going in at Fish Creek, opponents are now screaming, “They’re going clearcut the forests!” This is a red herring, don’t believe a word of it.

Tom Reilly

Mt. Idaho


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