Snake River Canyon Park

Cattle graze Nov. 14 on endowment land owned by the Idaho Department of Lands along the north rim of the Snake River Canyon in Jerome County.

PAT SUTPHIN, TIMES-NEWS

JEROME — County commissioners voted Monday to send a letter to the Idaho Department of Lands requesting the agency’s support of restricting shooting near the Snake River Canyon Park.

In the letter, which was introduced at a regular meeting last week, commissioners outlined some of the problems associated with the IDL property — unsafe shooting, dumping and littering — that have plagued the area for decades. In order to keep visitors to the Snake River Canyon Park safe while traveling through the agency’s endowment land, the commissioners have asked the IDL to join the county in a memorandum of understanding to restrict shooting in certain areas.

The commissioners plan to allow shooting in a designated zone in the park, which is on U.S. Bureau Land Management-owned ground.

“We had a good group of interested citizens at the meeting,” Jerome County Commissioner Cathy Roemer said Monday afternoon. “I think people understand the need for a no-shooting zone.”

The group from the Idaho 3 percent movement, a pro-Second Amendment group, offered to help clean up litter on public lands, Roemer said.

The letter, which was approved unanimously, will be on its way to the IDL by Tuesday, Roemer said.

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Roemer said a copy of the letter and additional information will go on the county website.

“The lesson learned for me,” Roemer said, “is to engage the public.”

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