Wednesday, November 7, 2007

No to Simpson?s CIEDRA

Recently, a tri-fold color brochure (printed and mailed by Rep. Mike Simpson at taxpayer expense) arrived in Custer County mailboxes. Titled "Economic Development for Custer County," it shows 15 roads and trails in the Boulder/White Clouds that will be preserved forever for motorized use. It states the "transfer" of federal lands will enrich communities, and that "CIEDRA is a perfect compromise developed and supported by Idahoans."

Nonsense. CIEDRA has broad opposition in Idaho and zero co-sponsors in Congress. Fifteen Idaho outdoor groups oppose it. Privatizing 6,000 acres of your public lands is a precedent-establishing travesty. The bill damages two visionary and successful laws—the 1972 Public Law 92-400 creating the SNRA and the 1964 Wilderness Act. CIEDRA creates broken chunks of pseudo-wilderness cut by motorized corridors. It is an unfunded mandate.

CIEDRA is a great leap backward for conservation. It privatizes public lands. It carves up a central Idaho ecosystem. Idahoans and citizens nationwide are horrified with its precedent of using public lands as congressional pork.

CIEDRA is an abomination. Please tell Rep. Simpson to withdraw this fatally flawed bill and to stop wasting your tax dollars for slick, self-serving and expensive propaganda brochures.

Scott Phillips


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