Idaho Sportsmen Gather to Protest Potential State Takeover of Public Lands

Boise Weekly
Harrison Berry
Monday, February 16, 2015

There has been no move on the part of the Idaho Legislature to take over the state's 34 million acres of public land. No senator or representative has put his or her name to legislation that would take federal land and put it under the control of the state government. But on a sunny Thursday afternoon, sportsmen from across the state gathered on the Capitol steps to send a message to state lawmakers: "Keep Your Hands Off Our Public Lands."

It's a message that approximately 120 recreationists from all corners of the Gem State got behind. Some of them held placards, but most wore large, orange stickers as a show of solidarity with hunters, fishermen, mountain bikers, skiers, snowmobilers and practically anyone else who uses public lands for fun.

"We have come together to say that our public lands are not for sale," former Pocatello Rep. Elmer Martinez told the crowd. 

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Monday, February 16, 2015 - 07:00

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