As President Obama flies to Boise, conservation groups are getting ready for their "Get Loud for the Clouds" rally on the Boise State University campus.
"It would take the stroke of his pen to make a national monument happen," said John Reuter, executive director of Conservation Voters for Idaho. "This is a unique opportunity for us in Idaho to express that we want to protect this important of our state."
Bills to designate some of the area as wilderness have been introduced several times in Congress by members of Idaho's delegation. Opponents of the idea of a monument are concerned about restrictions on mining, motorized recreation and their idea of progress.
Reuter said the Boulder-White Clouds are unique because of their high-elevation salmon spawning grounds, and as a migratory route and home for diverse species.
"For over 40 years, conservationists have been working to protect this area," he said. "It also is the largest area in the Lower 48 that still doesn't have monument-level protection."
The rally will be held 11:30 a.m. in front of the Caven-Williams Sport Complex, 1201 Cesar Chavez Lane, where Obama will speak.
They aren't the only ones who are watching. Kevin Miller of 580 KIDO Radio reported Tuesday that Obama will declare a national monument as a part of a deal to bring in more waste to create jobs for the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.
Kevin, I must tell you my sources can't confirm this. But then I was calling Washington, not Mars.