February 03, 2005

Crapo: Local Control Is In This Roadless Rule

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo supports President Bushâ??s new Roadless proposal announced today in Boise because it offers more local input and local options than the previous Roadless rule. Crapo says offering state governors the opportunity to influence management of roadless areas is a critical component to making local input work.â??This new Roadless initiative begins with a much stronger chance to succeed because it offers local input and suggestions from stakeholders, land use managers, local elected officials, and state leaders,â?? Crapo said. â??Collaborative efforts closest to the ground are the key to wise public lands management and eliminating gridlock. A top-down, one-size fits-all national policy was not the way to proceed. This approach, that recognizes local input and differences among areas, makes for much stronger land use policy.â??# # #