(BOISE, ID) — Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says transferring control of some federal lands to the state would make forests healthier and reduce the risk of wildfires. Otter testified before Congress on Tuesday, urging the House to adopt a pilot program giving the state control of 2 million acres out of 20 million acres of national forest statewide. The land would be managed by a trust board, which would focus on increasing revenue and improving management.
Stephen Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com
Josh Friesen, Idaho State Journal
Teresa Mull, Teton Valley News
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