Sportsmen rally in opposition to land takeover

BOISE -- Idahoans who don't like the idea of the state taking over lands now managed by federal agencies rallied on the Statehouse steps Thursday.

Members of conservation and sportsman groups who organized the rally say Idaho can't afford to maintain the 34 million acres of federal public lands - especially in the event of a disaster, like a wildfire.

Michael Gibson, the director of the Idaho Wildlife Federation says he's concerned about the future of access to his favorite hunting and fishing areas.

"What we're afraid of is that strain on the state is gonna force the state to sell off our public lands," Gibson said.

A task force that has been studying a possible takeover of federal lands has recommended a collaborative approach and backed away from suggesting that the state demand the feds give up ownership.


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