Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act    (September 27, 2006)

Congress is considering a proposed "Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act of 2006" that would designate Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers in the Owyhee Country in Idaho. However, the bill also implements an agreement (the "Owyhee Initiative") developed by an ad hoc group of special and public interests that could undermine conservation of federal public land in the Owyhee Country. The bill would empower the same, locally contrived ad hoc advisory group to assist with implementation of the legislation and the Owyhee Initiative; create a science review process to influence and favor grazing management on federal public land; and establish a conservation research program and center that would be unduly influenced by public lands grazing interests and duplicative of other public and private research programs in the Owyhee Country. The bill also releases several Bureau of Land Management Wilderness Study Areas from future consideration as Wilderness and authorizes private-public land exchanges that are not in the public interest.

The Sagebrush Sea Campaign submitted comments to the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that has jurisdiction over the legislation.

Sagebrush Sea Campaign Statement on the Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act of 2006
Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act of 2006 (S. 3794)
Owyhee Initiative Agreement