The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has agreed to pay about $360,000 a year to retain public recreation access to nearly 3,600 square miles of state land.
The Idaho Press reports the State Fish and Game Commission agreed Thursday to pay the state endowment 25 cents per acre per year.
Under the agreement between the Commission and the State Land Board, Fish and Game will pay about $360,000 a year -- with annual inflation built in.
Fish and Game will provide two full-time senior conservation officers who will patrol the state endowment lands.
Gov. Butch Otter said Thursday the winners of the deal are students, schools, and outdoor enthusiasts.
The long-term returns from state endowment lands go to its beneficiaries, such as the state's public schools.
(by Associated Press)