President Barack Obama has a great opportunity to strengthen his public lands
conservation legacy by establishing a national monument in Idaho’s
Boulder-White Clouds region.
Visitors sometimes overlook the Boulder-White Clouds
in favor of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, but the former offers some of the best
scenery and recreation in Idaho. Home to the largest unprotected tract of
roadless forest in the lower 48 states, this dramatic landscape offers great
solitude, an abundance of hiking trails through gorgeous, lake-strewn mountain
terrain, scrambling, wildlife viewing, fishing and other recreation
opportunities. Monument status could help bring it to the attention of more
people and boost the economy of nearby counties by up to $12 million annually.
Despite its unique wild appeal, the
Boulder-White Clouds area has languished while Congress bickers, repeatedly failing to approve bipartisan protection
bills. A national monument designation, crafted with the careful input of local
communities, would finally overcome this morass and preserve valid existing rights while safeguarding
the area for future generations of sportsmen and Idahoans. It is time for the
White House to take action.
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