Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Support mountain biking in the White Clouds

    The ongoing twists and turns of CIEDRA in the Idaho White Clouds have slowed but a new possibility has arisen. President Obama may choose to designate much of the same area in the White Clouds as a national monument in an effort to further protect this land in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
    National monument designation has some fuzzy issues. Unlike the proposed CIEDRA wilderness area, mountain biking could potentially be allowed inside of this national monument on the same fantastic single-track trails that are open to bikes today. Cycling in the White Clouds is a low-impact activity that offers a wild experience with a sense of adventure and exploration that can be found in very few places. It is important that local land managers, conservation organizations such as the Idaho Conservation League and the Sawtooth Society, as well as our state senators and representatives, know how important mountain biking in the White Clouds is to our community and especially to the business communities in Ketchum and Stanley.
    Keep the White Clouds open to mountain bikes in order to support conservation, to support local business and to support mountain biking.  
Don Shepler

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