North Lochsa Land Exchange public meeting Nov. 24

by IPA on November 13, 2015

North Lochsa Land Exchange public meeting Nov. 24


The public is welcomed to attend

a meeting to discuss the idea of a land

exchange between Western Pacific

Timber and the Forest Service, known as

the Lochsa Land Exchange.

Idaho Senator Jim Risch has agreed

to become involved with this issue

and will attend a Nov. 24 meeting at


“He has not taken a position on the

land exchange,” stated Mike Hannah

of Risch’s Lewiston office. “He will

attend the meeting with no preconceived

outcomes and will be there to listen. All

testimony will be taken and considered.”

If time becomes an issue, people will

be able to submit written comments.

“Western Pacific Timber has

circulated proposed legislation. It doesn’t

mean that Senator Risch supports or

doesn’t support that legislation in the

manner it is in,” stated Hannah.

Copies of the proposed legislation,

maps and other documents related to

this land exchange can be found on the

Western Pacific Timber’s website.

The meeting will be held at the

Grangeville Elementary School gym at 6

p.m. The following is a meeting schedule:

Welcome (five minutes) – Skip

Brandt, Jim Chmelik, Mark Frei

Opening Remarks (five minutes) –

Senator Jim Risch

Opening Remarks (five minutes) –

Governor Butch Otter

First Panel (10 minutes)

Representative from the U.S. Forest


James Dolan, principal, Western

Pacific Timber accompanied by Andy

Hawes, general counsel, Western Pacific



Second Panel (10 minutes)

Representative from the Nez Perce Tribe


Dale Bosworth, chief, U.S. Forest

Service (retired)



Third Panel (20 minutes)

Ray Anderson – Stop the Swap

Blake Ballard – Retired Forest Service

Palouse Ranger district

Representative from the Idaho

Recreation Council

Representative from the Rocky

Mountain Elk Foundation


Citizens’ Comments (60 minutes)

Citizens get two minutes each, with

a hard stop at two minutes, on a firstcome,

first-served basis alternating pros,

cons and neutral.

All written comments will be

accepted through Dec. 11, 2015. Lengthy

testimony or analysis is urged to be

submitted in writing.

Wrap Up (two minutes) – Senator

Jim Risch

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Laura A. Smith
Public Affairs Specialist/Web Manager

Forest Service

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

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