Posted: Jun 18, 2012 9:50 AM by Dennis Bragg - KPAX News
Updated: Jun 18, 2012 9:51 AM
HAMILTON- Ravalli County commissioners are continuing work this week on that proposed "coordination policy", which aims to give local government more of a say in the management policies on federal lands.
The idea of using the provision in federal law to invoke the coordination position has become a popular tool for Western counties over the past year where local leaders are frustrated over federal policies, especially for resource management.
In Ravalli County, a citizens' group started working on the concept last fall and produced a draft policy for commissioners to review, delivering the document last month.
Commissioners are just starting their review of the document, with the board saying the policy is a good "starting point" for discussion, but needs more work to become a document the county can actually use to work with the Bitterroot National Forest.
The board plans another work session on the document Monday afternoon, starting at 1:30 in Hamilton.