Date of Award

2-2015

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Program Name

Public Administration

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Christi Bartman

Abstract

This case study established and measured a variety of Federal and State criteria to determine the likelihood of the State of Idaho’s proposed land exchange occurring within the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area. Seven criteria found in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Land Exchange Handbook served as the data collection framework while the supporting units of analysis came from government reports, policy, and scholarly articles. Using a mixed methodology, the researcher conducted in-person interviews with federal and state employees and collected data from multiple agencies’ official documents.

The result of the study was to determine if the proposed exchange achieved the two federal statutory requirements. It then compared the proposed exchange’s results against those found in an existing feasibility study to validate the units of analysis. Lastly, the study compared the results against State’s specified objectives to conclude if the exchange achieved those objectives.

The State of Idaho’s proposed land exchange will fulfill both statutory requirements. Additionally, the State’s objectives will remain intact. Overall, the results of the research support conducting the State’s proposed exchange because it meets the intent of the law by accomplishing the federal statutory requirements, and it attains the state objectives.

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