In 2015, Congress passed legislation to permanently protect Idaho’s stunning Boulder-White Clouds region as federally designated wilderness. This victory was the culmination of decades of hard work by The Wilderness Society and in-state grassroots leaders, conservation and sporting group and Congressional champions
In the upper Salmon River region, the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains dominate a landscape that harbors bighorn sheep, black bears, wolves, mountain goats and elk. Prior to its wilderness designation, this was one of the largest intact roadless areas in the country that lacked permanent protection.
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The Boulder-White Clouds. Credit: Ed Cannady Photography.
In 2015, The Wilderness Society and local partners saw years of advocacy lead to a federal wilderness designation protecting over 275,000 acres of snowy peaks and gorgeous lake-filled in the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains.
Prominent Idahoans, including former governor Cecil Andrus, voiced their support for permanently protecting the Boulder-White Clouds over the years. In addition to preserving beautiful landscape, protecting this area should help boost the economy of nearby counties, increasing tourism by millions annually.
Comprehensive management to protect wilderness values
The Wilderness Society is working to ensure that land is managed properly in the Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness. The wilderness spans two different national forests and Burea of Land Management lands. Federal agencies currently use three uncoordinated plans in the area, which has led to the fragmentation of migratory routes for species like elk and salmon. The Wilderness Society is working with partners and land managers to develop a landscape management plan that ensures the comprehensive protection of wilderness, wildlife and native fish in the Boulder-White Clouds.
In addition to the wilderness plan, The Wilderness Society will be working to see that other provisions of the legislative protection are implemented, including voluntary retirement of livestock grazing land in key salmon and bull trout watersheds.
The Wilderness Society works closely with both in-state grassroots leaders and national conservation groups to help permanently protect the Boulder-White Clouds.
Wilderness is a precious resource with many human, natural and economic benefits that we need to protect.
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- Friday, June 22, 2018
Statement from Jamie Williams, President of The Wilderness Society:
“Some places are simply too valuable to pollute and sacrifice to destructive mining. With his remarks this week, President Trump declared that even the watershed of the incredible Boundary Waters Canoe Area -- America's most visited wilderness -- should be sold out to the highest bidder, ignoring the vast majority of Minnesotans and Americans who oppose mining there.”
- Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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- Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Protections safeguarding the greater sage-grouse habitat across the western United States are still currently in place, and yet 76 percent of the Bureau of Land Management’s upcoming and newly offered oil and gas leasing on public lands occurs inside protected habitat across Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming, according to new mapping.