Rep. Mike Simpson’s latest version of the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act has pulled many people off of the fence about what to do with the Boulder-White Clouds.
Simpson’s latest bill would protect 295,000 acres of the 700,000 roadless area, 36,000 less than his 2010 bill. I asked friends and followers on Facebook to tell me what they thought about the bill and a proposed national monument a coalition of conservation, hunter, angler, mountain bike and outdoor business are pushing.
Here’s a sample. Gary Gadwa of Stanley: This proposal is a travesty. Eliminating important Salmonid watersheds and several ecologically sound units chopped up in the name of motorized endorsements and political moves.”
Grant Simonds, long time advocate for Idaho’s outfitter and guiding industry: Wilderness includes a public process. This is preferable to a proclamation.”
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Ted Chu, a retired Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist: “There have been multiple opportunities in terms of the make up of Congress and who was in the oval office for Simpson to have done something for the Boulder-White Clouds. I don't think he sincerely wanted to protect the area. Now it's too late. MONUMENT!”
Alan Kofoed of Boise: “Simpson negotiated a deal some years ago. Now it is being whittled away at in order to pacify right-wing interests who were already represented in the original deal. Risch wants to make it look like he is finally doing something.”
Lynne Stone of the Boulder White Clouds Council in Hailey: “To Mike Simpson, We were urged by colleagues back in 2004 to trust you. We resisted. But, we continued to work to improve your CIEDRA bill that was a compromise by various interest groups. Eventually we supported it. This past week, you broke your word, you broke the trust.
“Go for it President Obama, National Monument!”
On the Idaho Statesman story Jeff Wright of Lowman rejected both choices: “This is all craziness! We have to accept CIEDRA as extortion against Obama declaring a (national monument).” This insanity will only stop when the trillions upon trillions of dollars of debt and deficit blows up in their faces and the Feds have no money to administer CIEDRA, a national monument, a Wilderness or a national forest.”
So what do you think?