Cloud wilderness designation overdue
Opinion by LATHAN WILLIAMS
of the Boulder and White Cloud mountains with a Wilderness Designation
is long overdue and may soon be a reality. The Boulder-White Clouds
encompass an area of more than 500,000 acres, and is the largest piece
of unroaded and unprotected federal land south of Alaska.
hiked to Ryan Peak, backpacked to Castle Peak, or camped at Herd Lake,
youíve experienced the Boulder-White Cloud wilderness area.
on the natural beauty, wildlife systems, and solitude of the
Boulder-White Clouds is increasing in a world where the technology of
motorized travel is improving. ATVs and snowmobiles operate higher, go
faster, and travel farther than they have in the past. The perimeter of
the Boulder-White Clouds will still provide opportunities for recreation
by these uses, but the core of the mountains will be protected for
activities that include horse packing, hiking, fishing, backpacking,
cross country skiing and mountaineering.
Bolder-White Cloud Wilderness Area has been carefully designated to
protect what exists today. Existing roads will remain, and youíll
still be able to drive out the North Fork of the Big Lost over Trail
Creek Summit, out Pole Creek and Forth of July Roads in the Sawtooth
Valley, and up East Fork Salmon River Road outside Clayton all the way
up to the Bowery Guard Station. Itís a good compromise that ensures
access but protects wilderness.
week, the City of Sun Valley joined Hailey and Blaine County in calling
for federal preservation of the Boulder-White Clouds. Tom Pomeroy, board
member of the Idaho Conservation League, described the support of the
City of Sun Valley as "critical" to the successful designation
of this wilderness area. With that support in hand, itís time to
protect the Boulder-White Clouds, protecting them, not just for our
benefit, but for the benefit of all generations to follow.
Williams is president of the Sun Valley City Council and vice-chairman
of the Idaho State Republican Party.