Letter: National monument

July 1, 2014 

You might be asking why we should protect the Boulder-White Clouds as a National Monument. One short answer is that they are home to the elite athletes of the fish world. The salmon and steelhead in the Boulder-White Clouds migrate the farthest from the ocean, to the highest elevation spawning grounds in the world. They are unique.

This area is also expected to continue to provide cold-water habitat, which is essential for the survival of these fish as global temperatures rise.

In addition to being home to salmon and steelhead, this area provides spectacular trout fishing opportunities in one of the most beautiful and pristine places in the U.S. I am an avid fisherman and find the fishing in this area to be world-class. This place should be protected not just for us, but for our future generations.

The Boulder-White Clouds deserves to be designated a national monument.

Perry Brown, M.D., Boise

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