Idaho’s collaborative efforts with federal agencies, conservation groups, industries and residents have put Idaho out front in tackling tough environmental problems involving forests, rangelands, water uses and other issues, Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday. The 64-year-old Republican sworn into office earlier this month shocked some at the Idaho Environmental Forum by declaring that climate change is real and will have to be dealt with. Speaking on the 17th floor of the Zions Bank in Boise with the snowcapped Boise foothills as a backdrop, Little responded to a question from the audience about climate change by recalling the deep snow he had to work in during the winters while growing up on a ranch. He said those types of winters are less frequent. “Climate is changing, there’s no question about it,” he said. “Sometimes what you do from a regulatory standpoint might be counter to what the right thing to do is, but you’ve got to recognize it. It’s here. We’ve just got to figure out how we’re going to cope with it. And we’ve got to slow it down. Now, reversing it is going to be a big darn job.” Digital Access for only $0.99 For the most comprehensive […]

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