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Important Proposed Wilderness Meetings Coming Up

Published online: May 06, 2014 News By Scott Chapman, Snowmobile Alliance of Western S
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As you may or may not know, there have been numerous attempts over the last decade by Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) and the Idaho Conservation League to designate Idaho’s Boulder White-Clouds as Wilderness under the 1964 Wilderness Act. Because Idahoans contacted their representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate asking them to oppose such designation, each attempt has failed.

SAWS' position on this issue has remained constant throughout the last decade: no new federal management of the Boulder White-Clouds is necessary. SAWS continues to oppose any new federal management of the area, therefore we completely oppose the idea of designating the Boulder White-Clouds as a National Monument. It simply isn't necessary, because current management practices have kept the area pristine and wondrous while continuing to allow GOOD, FAIR access for everyone.

Below are two meeting dates concerning the Boulder White-Clouds National Monument. If you are able to attend one or both meetings, please do. If you have the chance to speak up, please tell the group that no new management is needed.

Blaine County

: Wednesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at Carol's Lodge at the base of Dollar Mountain in Sun Valley. Blaine Count Commissioners support the National Monument.

Custer County

: Thursday, May 29, time and location yet to be determined. Custer County Commissioners oppose the National Monument.

SAWS also encourages you to contact your local media and your federal and state representatives to voice your opposition to a potential Boulder White-Clouds National Monument.