Statehouse

The Idaho Capitol in Boise.

BOISE — Outdoor enthusiasts will rally on the steps of the Idaho Capitol on March 4 to show their support for keeping Idaho’s public just that — public.

The rally will begin at 11 a.m. on the south steps of the Capitol. Organizers of the event hope everyone who enjoys the outdoors will take part in the free celebration, according to a press release from Idahoans For Public Lands.

Multiple speakers, including some from Southeast Idaho, will speak on the need for public lands and how Idahoans use those lands. The speakers will include:

n Martin Hackworth, Executive Director of Sharetrails/Blue Ribbon Coalition, a group of motorized users that represents 7,000 Idahoans.

n Yvette Tuell, Shoshone-Bannock Tribal member.

n Ryan Callaghan, Director of Conservation for First Lite, a hunting clothing manufacturer based in Idaho.

n Luke Nelson, a Patagonia Ambassador and father from Southeast Idaho.

n Jimmy Hallyburton, a mountain biker, former wildlands firefighter and biking advocate.

n Rialin Flores, event organizer and member of Idahoans for Public Lands.

“We want to see hunters and hikers; climbers and bird-watchers; mountain bikers and OHV owners. We want to see everybody who spends time in the outdoors,” said Rob Thornberry, Idaho representative for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “Idaho’s public lands are a treasure, and we want show our support for them.”

Idaho is 62 percent public lands, including lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service. Thousands enjoy Idaho’s 32 million acres of public ground daily, which is a statewide economic driver.

“As citizens of the United States, public land is our birthright,” said Martin Hackworth, executive director of Sharetrails/Blue Ribbon Coalition, a group of motorized users that represents 7,000 people. “As far as I’m concerned, that’s a source of national pride and something I’m not eager to surrender.”

Rally organizers want to send a clear message that Idahoans want public lands to stay public, including public land grazers.

For information, call Rob Thornberry at 208-569-8032 or go to www.facebook.com/Idahoansforpubliclands.