Federal Lands Interim Committee - HCR 21 (2013)

Sen. Chuck Winder, Co-chair Rep. Lawerence Denney, Co-chair
Sen. Bart Davis Rep. Mike Moyle
Sen. John Tippets Rep. Eric Anderson
Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll Rep. Stephen Hartgen
Sen. Michelle Stennett Rep. Grant Burgoyne
  Rep. Terry Gestrin, Ad Hoc

Staff: Katharine Gerrity, Ray Houston, Toni Hobbs


2013 Progress Report


Meeting Notice/Agenda:
March 14, 2014
December 4, 2013
October 28, 2013
August 9, 2013

Meeting Minutes:
December 4, 2013
October 28, 2013
August 9, 2013


March 14, 2014 Meeting - Handouts & Presentations:
Map of BLM Planning Units and Sage-grouse Occurrence, Ms. Laura Skaer, Executive Director, American Exploration and Mining Association
Comments Regarding BLM/USFS Draft EISs for Sage-Grouse, Ms. Laura Skaer, Executive Director, American Exploration and Mining Association
Comments to BLM/FS Regarding BLM/USFS Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and EIS for Greater Sage Grouse, Ms. Laura Skaer, Executive Director, American Exploration and Mining Association
Comments to ID and SW Montana Sub Regional Project Lead Regarding BLM/USFS Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and EIS for Greater Sage Grouse, Ms. Laura Skaer, Executive Director, American Exploration and Mining Association
Sage Grouse Presentation, Mr. Jeff Foss, Deputy State Director - Resources - Idaho, Bureau of Land Management
Workshop: Management of Public Lands, Mr. Michael Bogert, Parsons Behle & Latimer


December 4 Meeting - Handouts & Presentations:

Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik
    - PowerPoint Presentation

Valley County Commissioner Gordon Cruikshank
    - Presentation Points
    - Community Forest Trust - Utilizing Idaho's Natural Resources - PowerPoint
    - Community Forest Trust - A Pilot Project to Compliment Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act Reauthorization, July 26, 2011

Blaine County Commissioner Larry Schoen
    - Presentation Points
    - Examples of Uses on State-owned Land in Blaine County, November, 2013

Mr. Jack Lyman - Idaho Mining Association
    - Presentation Points
    - Idaho Information Guide: Locating Mining Claims - BLM Idaho State Office

Mr. Seth Grigg - Idaho Association of Counties
    - Survey of County Commissioner Opinion Regarding Federal Land Management Issues, November 27, 2013
    - Impact of Federally Managed Lands on County Government - PowerPoint

Mr. Will Whelen - The Nature Conservancy in Idaho, Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership
    - Collaborative Forest Restoration in Idaho, Executive Summary, November 25, 2013
    - Collaborative Forest Restoration in Idaho, Appendix
    - Collaborative Forest Restoration in Idaho, November 25, 2013
    - The Nature Conservancy Idaho, Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership - PowerPoint

Mr. Bill Higgins - Clearwater Basin Collaborative
    - Clearwater Basin Collaborative - PowerPoint

Mr. Tom Richards - Northwest Management, Inc.
    - Collaboration Process

Ms. Sandra F. Mitchell - Idaho State Snowmobile Association
    - Presentation Points

Mr. David P. Claiborne - Idaho State ATV Association
    - Presentation Points


December 4 Meeting - Written Public Comments:
Todd Graeff - Boise, Idaho
Donald R. Anderson, Jr. - Weiser, Idaho
Roy Heberger - Boise, Idaho
David R. Starr - Star, Idaho
Roger and Janice Inghram - Grangeville, Idaho
Ron C. Hamilton - Cambridge, Idaho
Christine Gertschen - Sun Valley, Idaho
Marty Morache - Idaho
Diane M. Jones - Boise, Idaho
Commissioner Larry Yergler - County of Shoshone, Wallace, Idaho
Cailin O'Brien-Feeney - Idaho Outdoor Business Council
Del Kohtz - Eden, Idaho
Chris and Lois Schwarzhoff - Boise, Idaho
Darrel Kenops - National Association of Forest Service Retirees, Meridian, Idaho
Carol Weins - Idaho
Jeff Wright - Boise County, Idaho
Dr. William S. Platts - Boise, Idaho
Ada County Fish & Game League - Idaho
Pam Conley - Boise, Idaho
Tamsen Binggeli - Idaho
Bryan Moore - Idaho
William Pittman - Boise, Idaho
Steven Huffaker - Idaho
Mark L. Caywood - Hailey, Idaho
Mike Larkin - Cambridge, Idaho
Jack Trueblood - Boise, Idaho
Chuck Thomas - Boise, Idaho
George B. Bacon - Boise, Idaho
Anne Olden - Boise, Idaho
Charles Graham - Moscow, Idaho
Richard Howard - Boise, Idaho
Jack H. Stuart - Meridian, Idaho
Derrick Reeves - Idaho
David Sanchez - Burley, Idaho
Daniel M. Herrig - Boise, Idaho
Fiscal Impacts to the State of Idaho from HR 22 Implementation, By Evan Hjerpe, Ph.D. Economist, Conservation Economics Institute - Idaho Conservation League
Karen Knudtsen - Boise, Idaho


October 28 Meeting - Handouts & Presentations:
Letter from Congressman Mike Simpson & accompanying Congressional Research Service Report
Letter from Congressman Raul R. Labrador - October 28, 2013, Doug Taylor, Office of Congressman Labrador

Tribal Interest Panel
Vice-Chairman Joel Moffett - Nez Perce Tribe
    - Testimony of the Nez Perce Tribe - October 28, 2013
Chairman Nathan Small - Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
    - Letter of October 28, 2013
    - The Policy of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes for Management of Snake River Basin Resources
    - The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes' Position Regarding the Transfer of Federal Lands - July, 2005
Mr. Helo Hancock, Legislative Director - Coeur d'Alene Tribe
    - Comments on Behalf of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe re: HCR 021 and HCR 022

Sportsmen/Wildlife Interest Panel
Mr. Grant Simonds - Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association
    - Testimony - October 28, 2013
Mr. Marty Morache - Ada County Fish and Game League
    - PowerPoint Presentation - Idaho Wildlife Habitat and Migration on Federal Land
    - US Fish & Wildlife - 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation - Idaho Results

Grazing Interest Panel
Mr. Richard Savage - Idaho Cattle Association
    - Testimony - October 28, 2013
Mr. Ric Branch - Idaho State Grazing Board
    - Testimony - October 28, 2013

Environmental Interest Panel
Mr. Jonathan Oppenheimer - Idaho Conservation League
    - The Legal Merit of the Sagebrush Rebellion
Mr. Bill Sedivy - Idaho Rivers United
    - Testimony - October 28, 2013
Mr. Tom Flynn - Outdoor Alliance
    - PowerPoint - Outdoor Recreation Representatives
    - Outdoor Recreation Representatives 8-27-13 Letter to Co-Chairs
    - Idaho Outdoor Business Council Poll - 2012

Timber Interest Panel
Mr. Jerry Deckard on behalf of Associated Logging Contractors
    - Testimony - October 28, 2013
Mr. Bob Boeh - Idaho Forest Group
    - PowerPoint - Federal Forest Management - A Case for Change
    - "An excerpt from the Introduction of the Cohesive Fire Strategy as posted here that captures things fairly well:" (Mr. Bob Boeh)

"During the 20th century, Federal, state, and local firefighters were successful at putting out most wildland fires in the early stages. An unintended consequence was the overstocking of the Nation's forests with trees and ladder fuels. These overstocked conditions combine with other stressors such as drought, insects and disease, invasive species, and longer, hotter summers to create uncharacteristically large wildfires that threaten homes, communities, and cultural and resource values, and can cause widespread property damage."
    - A National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy
    - Article: "Forest Fuel Reduction Alters Fire Severity and Long-term Carbon Storage in Three Pacific Northwest Ecosystems"
    - FCEM Report No. 2
    - Article: "Forest Service Chief to Congress: Climate Change is Responsible for these Wildfires, You Know"
Mr. Vincent Corrao - Northwest Management, Inc.
    - PowerPoint - Management Priorities on Public Lands


October 28 Meeting - Additional Materials:
Selway Middle-Fork CFLRP Annual Report - 2010
Selway-Middle Fork Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP)
Selway Middle-Fork CFLRP Annual Report - 2011
Selway Middle-Fork CFLRP Annual Report - 2012
Letter to Representative Burgoyne from the Department of Lands 8-15-13
Letter to Representative Burgoyne from the Department of Lands 10-10-13
What Do We Own, Jeff Wright
Comments, Del Kohtz


August 9 Meeting - Additional Materials:
Initial Survey of Issues for the Interim Public Lands Study Committee
Final Memorandum to Co-Chairs - Parsons Behle & Latimer


August 9 Meeting - Presentations:
Jay O'Laughlin, Ph.D., Professor of Forestry & Policy Sciences, Director of Policy Analysis Group, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho:
    - PAG Report No. 16 History and Analysis of Federally Administered Lands in Idaho
    - Society of American Foresters testimony document (2002)
    - Keeping the Commitment to Rural Communities document (2013)
    - Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization document (PAG Issue Brief No. 14, 2011)
    - PowerPoint Presentation
    - Federal Land Payments to Counties Update - handout
Donald J. Kochan, Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law, Orange, CA:
    - A Legal Overview of Utah's H.B. 148 - The Transfer of Public Lands Act
    - PowerPoint Presentation
Steve Strack, Deputy Attorney General, Natural Resources Division:
    - The Idaho Constitution and the Founders' Understanding of State and Federal Authority over Public Lands, Past Efforts to Study or Obtain Transfer, State Constitutional Requirements for the Management of Transferred Federal Lands
Andy Brunelle, Idaho Capital City Coordinator, US Forest Service:
    - Responsibilities Associated with Management and Use of National Forests in Idaho
Kurt Wiedenmann, Branch Chief for Resources, Bureau of Land Management Idaho State Office:
    - Idaho Public Land Management Challenges and Programs
David Groeschl, State Forester/Deputy Director, Forestry & Fire, Idaho Department of Lands:
    - Hypothetical Federal Land Transfer and Analysis of Potential Impacts of Legislation Similar to Utah HB 148


August 9 Meeting - Supplemental Information:
Clearwater Basin Project Act, March 24, 2004, Senator Larry Craig
This link contains an interview with Char Miller. Scroll to the bottom of the article to find a link to the audio interview. You may have to wait a minute after you click the play button for the interview to begin.
Jay O'Laughlin's cover memo to the committee and link to Report No. 19 "Toward Sustainable Forest Management: Part II - The Role and Effects of Timber Harvesting in Idaho." Please note that link referred to in memo does not readily come up.

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