Official: Idaho County land swap plan likely dead
GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho County commissioner says the county's efforts to keep land slated for a trade between a timber company and the U.S. Forest Service within county borders are likely over.
The Lewiston Tribune reports Commissioner Skip Brandt said Tuesday that the Forest Service hasn't yet reached a decision on the deal to trade land in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest for a checkerboard of about 62 square miles of Western Pacific Timber Co.-owned land in the Upper Lochsa drainage. County commissioners have opposed the plan and recently offered an alternative they hoped would reduce the impact on the county's property tax base.
But Brandt says he's learned the county's proposal won't work, because the land they wanted for the trade doesn't pass National Environmental Policy Act requirements.
Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com