The State Land Board kicked off a yearlong public process today to review the rate ranchers pay to graze livestock on State endowment trust lands.
A group representing diverse interests will advise a Land Board subcommittee comprised of Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney before the full Land Board votes on the grazing rate methodology in the fall of 2016.
"We wanted an open, transparent process that engages a spectrum of stakeholders in reviewing the State grazing rate, which has not been reviewed in 20 years," said the subcommittee's chairman, Secretary of State Denney. "The public can expect open meetings at locations around the state, a public comment period, and regular updates from the Idaho Department of Lands throughout the review process. Our efforts to review the grazing rate methodology align with our duty to maximize long-term financial returns to the schoolchildren of Idaho."
Consultants to the subcommittee include experts in agricultural economics from around the region.
A Web page providing updates on the grazing rate review process is available on the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Web site at this link: http://www.idl.idaho.gov/leasing/grazing/rate/index.html
The grazing rate review process is the second leg in an effort to comprehensively review the entire IDL grazing program, in order to enhance the long-term income and value of the 1.4 million-acre rangeland asset managed by IDL under the direction of the Land Board. The Idaho Constitution mandates that the lands be managed to maximize long-term financial returns to public schools and other beneficiaries. IDL finalized a grazing program business plan in May after a year of engaging the public on overall management concepts for the 1.4 million-acre rangeland asset.