Saturday, March 15, 2014

Advocates for Boulder-White Clouds Monument: 'It's Up to the White House Now'

Posted By on Sat, Mar 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

In the shadow of an agreement between environmentalists and recreationists over the protection of the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains, both sides are still unsure of when, or even if, the White House will officially designate the territory a national monument.

This past week an agreement was reached among the Idaho Conservation League, The Wilderness Society, Wood River Bicycle Coalition and International Mountain Bicycling Association, following months of dialogue. The agreement would create separate wilderness versus mountain-biking zones within the 500,000-acre Boulder-White Clouds area, north of Sun Valley.

Meanwhile both sides say they're continuing to funnel information on the proposal to the Obama administration, which has given no indication of a decision deadline.

"Certainly they're aware of this," The Wilderness Society's spokesman Rob Mason told the Idaho Mountain-Express. "But we haven't seen any indication yet that they're ready to consider this proposal."

And the Mountain-Express reports that the Boise-based Sportsmen for Boulder-White Clouds have gathered 335 signatures for a letter to be sent to the nation's capital, urging designation of the national monument status. The group said it would continue seeking signatures until this fall at sportsmenforbwc.org.


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