The Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness.
Like the sound of that?
So does Congressman Mike Simpson.
On Wednesday, Simpson introduced long-rumored legislation to rename Idaho’s White Clouds Wilderness in the Sawtooth and Challis National Forests as the Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness in honor of Andrus. The former Idaho governor and secretary of the Interior died Aug. 24 at the age of 85.
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The bill has been sent to the House Committee on Natural Resources for consideration.
Among Andrus’ first accomplishments was saving Castle Peak, the highest peak in the White Cloud Mountains, from mining. Andrus made stopping the mine the central issue of his 1970 race for governor.
In recent years, Andrus returned to his preservation work to help Simpson protect the Boulder-White Clouds as wilderness — an effort Simpson had doggedly pursued for more than a decade.
On Aug. 7, 2015, President Barack Obama signed Simpson’s wilderness bill into law, creating three areas totaling 275,000 acres, including Andrus’ beloved Castle Peak.
The areas are named the White Clouds, Hemingway-Boulders and Jim McClure-Jerry Peak wilderness areas.