Mary Mangold is opposed to the land swap identified in Alternative F, proposed by Idaho County Commissioners Skip Brandt, Jim Chmelik and James Rockwell.
I oppose Alternative F and support the withdrawal of all 45,000 acres identified in Skip Brandts proposed map for an acre for acre swap to Western Pacific Timber.
The current Commissioners have delusions of grandeur when referring to their $14000 study, served up by Professor Ken Peterson of the University of Idaho.
What Commissioners Brandt, Chmelik and Rockwell fail to recognize is that their claim of economic harm to Idaho County is not the authoritative voice of all the people who are familiar with this land swap. Clarence Chapman of White Bird, has presented a very different set of conclusions to the Lochsa Land Exchange. [Read Clarence Chapman's Guest Opinion in ICFP]
According to a recent article in the Idaho County Free Press by Andrew Ottoson, “Clearwater National Forest project manager Teresa Trulock states that despite claims by the Idaho County Commissioners that the Lochsa Land Swap is harming Idaho County economically, the Forest Service’ economic analysis shows that none of the alternatives are harming Idaho County economically. Ms Trulock noted that the Forest Service’s study differs from one performed by University of Idaho research economist Steven Peterson, who was appointed on Idaho County’s behalf. (A Free Press report on the Peterson study is online: http://tinyurl.com/974qgah)
“The $14000 research was funded by Idaho County Taxpayers without appeal for public comment.
I personally and professionally stand against Alternative F and the potential for congressional approval for an acre for acre swap in Idaho County.
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