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August 23, 2015 1:00 AM

Guest Opinion: Boulder-White Clouds wilderness offers more than protection

When President Barack Obama signed legislation creating three new designated wilderness areas of 275,665 acres in Idaho’s Boulder-White Cloud mountains and Jerry Peak earlier this month, he also opened up the potential for long-term protection of over 700,000 acres of public land within and adjacent to the new wilderness areas. That’s because the new law authorizes the relinquishment of any valid existing leases or permits authorizing grazing and requires that the secretaries of Agriculture and Interior accept the donated lease or permit and see that livestock grazing permanently ends.

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