Leaders from Idaho and other western states are talking about the best ways to manage and improve the health of millions of acres of national forest and rangeland.
The Western Governors Association organized a meeting in Boise this week as part of the National Forest and Rangeland Initiative.
Discussion topics included wildfires, wildlife, recreation, and economic activities such as logging and mining.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said collaboration at the local, state and federal levels will help make the most of public lands.
“To have 65 percent or 35 million acres of our land here in Idaho that is not contributing to the betterment of Idaho is a big mistake,” he said. “In fact, there's some management that we can do and have done, so that it doesn't burn up and cost us a lot of money to put out the fire."
The Western Governors Association includes the governors of 19 states.