Legislative Update

• To no one’s surprise, House Joint Memorials were passed to oppose the BWC National Monument and the Caldera National Monument. IRC was involved in drafting the BWC We supported them both.
• H 129 which allows OHVs to operate within municipalities on city and county roads unless prohibited by the city or county passed both bodies with no Nay votes.
• H 51 rewritten as H 255 our Small-scale Dredge Mining bill is being held in the House on the third reading calendar. Sandra Mitchell, and David Claiborne met with Resource Committee members including the chairman, who had serious concerns about the bill’s impact on other users. After a productive conversation, we agreed the best path forward was to prepare a Joint Resolution that will refer the issue to the Interim Joint National Resource Committee for study. The Committee will be directed to bring legislation to the next session. IRC working with the miners will continue to work on this bill.
• We are monitoring Transportation Funding Bills to ensure that our portion of the gas tax remains. As we know from past experiences, the next few weeks bad things can happen.

Representative Gestrin needs our help!

Tomorrow in the Resource Committee Representative Gestrin will be introducing H 265. Terry was on the interim committee that studied the transfer of public lands to the state. This bill will keep the issue alive in Idaho. Please attend if at all possible because he needs friends in the audience.

The hearing is at 1:30, tomorrow, Thursday, the 19th in EW

Chance to help in Danskins

The Mountain Home Ranger District is looking for individual volunteers — or groups of volunteers — to help plant bitterbrush seedlings in the Pony Complex Fire area near Mountain Home.

Planting will occur on two separate days — April 4th and 11th “rain or shine,” officials said. The area to be planted, near Anderson Ranch Dam, is important winter range for deer and elk.

Volunteers should meet at the Mountain Home District office at 9:30 AM each day. The office is at 3080 Industrial Way, just off Highway 20 and just north of I-84.
“Volunteers should bring outdoor work clothes, boots or sturdy shoes, gloves, shovels if they have them and a lunch. The Forest Service will have some planting tools available for those who do not have a shovel,” said Boise National Forest spokesman Dave Olson.

“This kind of help goes a long ways toward recovery of this very intense fire area and really contributes to helping wildlife species recover,” said District Wildlife Biologist Scott Bodle. “The combined efforts of helpful citizens, agencies, ranchers and contractors will slowly bring the area back to its original state.”

Interested parties can contact Scott Bodle at 208-587-7849 or at sbodle@fs.fed.us.

H. 129 (OHV legislation) H 255 (recreation mining)

H 129 passed the Senate Transportation Committee with no ‘nay’ votes. On to the Senate Floor. Senator Hagedorn will carry it for us on the floor

H 255 passed the House Resource Committee! Good work miners and David Claiborne who rewrote the legislation.