The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is withdrawing its support of a proposed land swap in northern Idaho between the U.S. Forest Service and a timber company.
The Lewiston Tribune reports in a story published Saturday that the Missoula-based foundation sent a letter to Clearwater National Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell noting the group’s concerns. Foundation President David Allen said a backlash from members and the proposal’s expansion into elk habitat in Idaho County prompted the group’s change of heart.
“The identified federal exchange lands in Idaho County contain very high-value wildlife habitat, including significant amounts of crucial winter range for elk, which could potentially be compromised,” Allen wrote. “Concern about loss of access, land use changes and habitat alterations in traditional hunting areas have also emerged as serious points of contention.”