Jerome, Idaho - In January 1984, a Jerome County man submitted a proposal to trade some of his land for property owned by the Bureau of Land Management; he says it only took 26 years for a response.
In the meantime, he filed another request in 1998, but the BLM has indicated it doesn't want to go ahead with the land swap.
This year he teamed up with a neighbor to offer 640 acres northwest of Eden, for several smaller BLM parcels four miles north of Hazelton.
Grant says, “We would rather trade it to BLM than sell it to somebody and then it'd be developed, homestead or whatever.”
Grant says the square mile of property northwest of Eden is very good deer habitat, and some of it is already being used for recreation by motorcyclists and a-t-v riders.
The Jerome County Commissioners voted to send a letter of support to the BLM.