[Vision2020] The real red herring

Moscow Cares moscowcares at moscow.com
Fri Jun 22 10:17:46 PDT 2018

Courtesy of today’s (June 22, 2018) Moscow-Pullman Daily News with thanks to Marilyn Beckett.


Letter: The real red herring

Tom Reilly's June 13 letter to the editor concerning the Idaho Free Press commented on the difference between the Lochsa Land Exchange and the proposed Central Idaho Land Exchange. He feels they are markedly different and blames "environmentalists" for pushing wrong-headed thinking. I've followed this land exchange proposal for more than a decade, and here are some points to consider:

    -	The majority of people opposed the ULX for good reasons. Reilly supported it.
    -	Some environmental groups supported the ULX (and may or may not support the CIX).
    -	The already "selected" lands in the ULX and CIX are pretty much identical.

    -	WPT (the company trying to push the CIX - the same owner as in the ULX) is using the same lobbyists and tactical maneuvering.

Reilly goes down the wrong rabbit hole to compare federal and state management. The real issue is ownership. We the people own public land and have a say in what happens on our lands. We do not own state land; we are customers who have no say about what happens on those lands.

The CIX idea has been pushed by WPT since Sen. James Risch heard the people speak against the ULX in Grangeville in 2015. It is through an exchange WPT will reap the highest financial return. Why else would WPT continue to pay ex-Sen. Larry Craig and his ex-chief of staff Mark Rey to lobby our elected officials for a land exchange?

And why would Reilly be so concerned about getting the Lochsa checkerboard back into public ownership at the expense of giving up other public lands? Does he work for The Nature Conservancy?

State land is not public land. Reilly's distraction is the real red herring.

Give WPT some cash if you want the Lochsa, and quit trying to trade away public land.

Marilyn Beckett


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Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho
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