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HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 14 – Columbia Basin Ecosystem Mngmt Proj


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HJM014..............................................by REVENUE AND TAXATION
to terminate the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project;
requesting that scientific information be communicated to personnel of the
Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service; and expressing support
for natural resource planning featuring site-specific environmental
management decisions made by local decision-makers, citizens and others
directly affected by the management decisions.

02/20    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/23    Rpt prt - to Res/Con
02/26    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/27    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/03    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - 67-0-3
      AYES -- Alltus, Barraclough, Barrett, Bell, Bieter, Bivens,
      Black(15), Black(23), Boe, Bruneel, Callister, Campbell, Chase,
      Clark, Crane, Crow, Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Ellsworth, Field(13),
      Field(20), Gagner, Geddes, Gould, Hadley, Hansen, Henbest, Hornbeck,
      Jaquet, Jones(9), Jones(22), Jones(20), Judd, Kellogg, Kempton,
      Kendell, Kjellander, Kunz, Lake, Linford, Loertscher, Mader, Marley,
      McKague, Meyer, Miller, Mortensen, Newcomb, Pischner, Pomeroy,
      Reynolds, Richman, Ridinger, Sali, Schaefer, Stevenson, Stoicheff,
      Stone, Stubbs, Taylor, Tilman, Tippets, Trail, Watson, Wood,
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Robison, Wheeler, Mr Speaker
    Floor Sponsors - Cuddy, Mader
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/04    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Res/Env
03/19    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
03/20    10th ord - ADOPTED, voice vote
    Title apvd - to House
03/23    To enrol - rpt enrol - Sp signed
    Pres signed - to Secretary of State

Bill Text


 ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature                 Second Regular Session - 1998

                             IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                               HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 14

                            BY REVENUE AND TAXATION COMMITTEE

 1                                   A JOINT MEMORIAL

 5        We, your Memorialists, the House of Representatives and the Senate of  the
 6    State  of  Idaho  assembled  in the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-fourth
 7    Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that:

 8        WHEREAS, the United States Department of Agriculture, in concert with  the
 9    United  States  Department of the Interior, has been actively involved for the
10    last three and one-half years in the promulgation of a $35-40  million  dollar
11    land  management  project  involving virtually all of the Northwestern States,
12    named the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project (ICBEMP); and
13        WHEREAS, ICBEMP has not been properly authorized by the United States Con-
14    gress, nor coordinated with the state of Idaho, notwithstanding the inevitable
15    involvement of intermingled state and private lands; and
16        WHEREAS, representatives of a number of federal wildlife, natural resource
17    and land management agencies have been engaged in the preparation of an ICBEMP
18    Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) without sufficient  regard  to  or
19    consideration of state concerns and interests; and
20        WHEREAS,  there  is no definitive description of an ecosystem or ecosystem
21    management contained in the ICBEMP DEIS as drafted, and associated  documents;
22    and
23        WHEREAS,  implementation  of ICBEMP will have major impacts on the manage-
24    ment of federal lands and therefore major impacts  on  the  counties  of  this
25    state  including  a reduction in human economic use of public lands, delays in
26    land  use  decision-making  and  new  restrictions  on  both   commodity   and
27    noncommodity public land outputs, including recreation; and
28        WHEREAS,  the preferred alternative in the DEIS, while supposedly designed
29    to aggressively restore ecosystems and support people, in reality  focuses  on
30    ecosystem  protection  to be achieved by minimizing human impacts to the envi-
31    ronment; and
32        WHEREAS, the DEIS's Desired Range of Future Conditions  reflect  the  per-
33    sonal  values of its authors and are not necessarily based on sound scientific
34    information; and
35        WHEREAS, ecological considerations have been given more weight  than  pro-
36    viding  predictable levels of goods and services from federal lands while pro-
37    cedures and standards for measurement have not been  developed  for  ecosystem
38    health and ecological integrity; and
39        WHEREAS,  the  ICBEMP  DEIS  fails  to explicitly identify the economic or
40    social needs of people, cultures, and communities in the Columbia River  Basin
41    as  they  pertain  to  federal  lands  and  fails  to  define  sustainable and
42    predictable levels of products and  services  from  U.S.  Forest  Service  and
43    Bureau of Land Management lands; and
44        WHEREAS, the DEIS contains no significant legal justification for shifting


 1    to ecosystem based management while at the same time nullifying the many years
 2    of cooperative effort contained in existing land management plans.
 3        NOW,  THEREFORE,  BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
 4    sion of the Fifty-fourth Idaho Legislature, the House of  Representatives  and
 5    the  Senate  concurring  therein, that we urgently request the Congress of the
 6    United States to take action immediately to terminate  the  Interior  Columbia
 7    Basin  Ecosystem Management Project with no Record of Decision being approved.
 8    We request that all funding enabling further action toward the  implementation
 9    be terminated and withdrawn from all federal agencies involved. All valid sci-
10    ence based information developed by this project should be communicated to BLM
11    district  managers and National Forest supervisors for consideration of public
12    input in statutorily scheduled environmental land and resource management plan
13    revisions.
14        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the members of the Second Regular  Session  of
15    the  Fifty-fourth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and the Sen-
16    ate concurring therein, strongly support natural resource planning  and  envi-
17    ronmental  management  featuring  site-specific  management  decisions made by
18    local decision-makers, local citizenry and  parties  directly  and  personally
19    affected by environmental land and resource management decisions.
20        BE  IT  FURTHER  RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representa-
21    tives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of  this
22    Memorial  to the Secretary of the United States Department of Interior, to the
23    Chief of the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, to
24    the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of
25    Congress, and the congressional delegation representing the state of Idaho  in
26    the Congress of the United States.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact


                          STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                                RS 08121
    The purpose of this legislation is to notify the 
    administration and the Congress of the United States that we do 
    not agree with the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem management 
    project and it is our desire they discontinue this proposal.
    No negative fiscal impact.
    CONTACT: Rep Charles Cuddy
    Phone 332-1000
    HJM 14