Submitted by Steve DeMers on Thu, 2017-07-13 00:00
Idaho has been blessed with a huge amount of public land. Humans benefit from these lands in many ways. When I consider all of the ways that I use our public lands I feel blessed to live in Idaho. Upon moving here from the Midwest in the late 90's I noticed that people had a different attitude towards public lands. I noticed that treasure valley residents, especially north Boise and Eagle catered their lifestyles around public land access and recreation. I'm unclear if you can place a monetary value on our public lands but I do know that most of us that live here would be very upset if we were to lose access to them. Personally I rely on our public lands for practically all forms of recreation in my life. I have considered moving from Idaho in the past but upon reflecting on my hobbies and interests I came to the conclusion that I don't live here because I want a high paying job but I live here because my playground is huge and I don't think I will find anything like it again. I'm here to stay and I want to keep playing!
What do you think of the privitazation and state control of our public lands?