The Central Idaho Land Exchange is a concept the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and other parties are exploring that would transfer private lands in the Upper Lochsa Basin to the USFS to protect their special historical, ecological and recreational value. The land exchange would also bring federal forestland into Public School Endowment ownership, and the lands would be managed by the State for timber harvest and remain open for recreation. The IDL and others are currently reaching out to various stakeholder groups to gauge potential support for the proposal.
The IDL and USFS are in the preliminary stage of exploring the land exchange concept. Our next steps will depend on the feedback we receive from stakeholder groups and the ability of the IDL to meet our fiduciary obligation to public schools and other beneficiaries through this unique land exchange concept.