Boulder-White Clouds Clears Critical Hurdle Toward Protection

Jun 16, 2010

U.S. Senate Hearing Gives Boost to Wilderness legislation

WASHINGTON – The Wilderness Society today applauded the hearing in the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests for the protection of the Boulder-White Clouds area, the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act or CIEDRA. The Wilderness Society has been working with the Idaho delegation and local groups to advance the legislation, and is hopeful to see final passage during this Congress.

The legislation, originally introduced in the House by Rep. Mike Simpson, and introduced in the Senate by Sens. Crapo and Risch will designate 330,000 acres of wilderness in three separate wilderness areas: White Cloud Wilderness, Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness, and Jerry Peak Wilderness.

“Wilderness legislation often requires diverse partnerships and collaboration to address many issues,” said Craig Gehrke regional director of the Idaho office of The Wilderness Society. “Diverse partnerships worked together to support legislation that is a vast improvement over the status quo.”

CIEDRA attempts to balance the interests of wilderness supporters with those of motorized recreationists and rural county officials. Throughout this effort, The Wilderness Society and local partners have worked to ensure that the most sensitive places are protected as wilderness.

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