Press Release of Senator Crapo
Crapo Notes Support For Collaboration, Owyhee Initiative
Senator speaks to Idaho land use summit
Contact: Susan Wheeler
Washington, DC – In remarks delivered via satellite to the Idaho Land Use Summit today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo heralded a collaborative process where all sides possible are surveyed as the best way to solve land use issues raised by growth in a 21st Century Western United States.
“There seems to be a common sense, realistic set of Idaho values that permeate how we approach the future. We all have it, and that will always be our common ground.” Crapo said. He noted how the collaborative approach has born fruit in legislation such as the Owyhee Initiative and his bill to bring consensus-building to the Endangered Species Act, CRESA (Collaboration for Recovery of the Endangered Species Act).
“One thing we have learned about the process is—you have to have all interests at the table,” Crapo said. “This does not mean every group. We live in a world where certain people want to stop the process. The process must be designed so that any one group, or individual, cannot bring good ideas to a halt.” Crapo credited the Idaho Rangeland Commission, the Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society, and educators from the University of Idaho and Boise State University with providing support through a steering committee which organized today’s Idaho Land Use Summit at the Nampa Civic Center.
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