NOTE: Citydesk had confirmed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's trip to Idaho with a spokesperson from the Bureau of Land Management on Monday. After receiving several emails and phone calls to the contrary, Citydesk checked with the same source who said that she misspoke. She said that BLM Director Bob Abbey would be visiting Idaho and attending Tuesday night's City Club reception. We have since learned that Salazar will indeed be coming to Idaho, but on Thursday. The Interior Secretary will be touring the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is in Idaho today and Tuesday. He was expected to spend time at the department's Bureau of Land Management Bruneau and Owyhee field offices today. SalazarBob Abbey, Director of the Bureau of Land Management will be a special guest at Tuesday night's City Club of Boise's reception to celebrate the Owyhee Initiative. Idaho ranchers, conservationists, Native Americans and government officials will be honored with the Dottie and Ed Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement for their role in the eight-year effort to protect 517,000 acres of wilderness and 316 miles of wild rivers.
In a related matter, the BLM announced today that it will begin facilitating right-of-way applications for lands with wind and solar energy development potential. New rules will allow the BLM, when necessary, to temporarily segregate lands in a wind or solar energy ROW application from the location of mining claims or other land appropriations. Over the past two years, 437 mining claims were located within wind energy ROW application areas in Idaho and six other Western states, while 216 new mining claims were located within solar energy ROW application areas.