Letter: Boulder-White Clouds

March 21, 2014 

Wild places have shaped my life. One of the most extraordinary wild places encountered on this journey is the Boulder-White Cloud mountains. In the early 1970s, a couple of friends and I talked my mother into a ride to the trailhead in junior high for a 50-mile, seven-day backpack trip there. On this trip we witnessed the excruciating noise and ugliness of mechanized mining on the flanks of majestic Castle Peak. It was a depressing moment.

The Boulder-White Clouds are one of "the" special places on the planet. It screams out for protection. This is my scream to protect it, please. Efforts to date have failed to produce a final and lasting solution. The most viable solution is designating the area a National Monument. Many user groups working for protection have made their cases, voiced their arguments and the debate conducted. This is the time to act. I urge all Idahoans and especially our lawmakers to support the national monument effort. Before it is too late. Preserve a national treasure for eternity now.

Link Jackson, Boise

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