The Boulder White Cloud Mountains of central Idaho are one step closer to receiving the designation of Wilderness. On Wednesday, June 16th, the Obama administration endorsed a Senate bill (S. 3294) proposing 333,000 acres of land to be designated Wilderness, the nation's highest level of protection for a landscape
Backed by the Idaho Conservation League, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the 333,000 acre wilderness bill has strong support in Idaho and in Washington. While small adjustments will most likely be made to the bill before it is passed, supporters are willing to strike a compromise to protect one of Idaho's greatest assets. Rep. Simpson, who has been working to protect the Boulder White Clouds for more than 10 years, feels "the needs of the people who live and recreate in the area are as important as lines drawn on a map."
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