Tuesday, December 24, 2013

No backroom deal for national monument

    Carol Eleazer’s letter (Idaho Mountain Express, Dec. 18) was very perceptive. She observed that groups advocating national monument status for the Boulder-White Clouds region of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area appear less concerned about protecting the region than in establishing “bragging rights” to mollify donors who are disappointed by the organizations’ failure to secure wilderness designation after more than a decade of trying.
    Idaho Conservation League and Wilderness Society donors might be fooled by this tactic, but others should not be so gullible. A national monument is not wilderness and cannot pretend to be one. Moreover, national monument status cannot provide greater protection for the Boulder-White Cloud region than is available under Public Law 92-400. That is the law that created the Sawtooth NRA, and which has served those who live, work and recreate in the area so well for more than 40 years.
    If these and others seek further safeguards for the region, they may do so via the established process for amending Sawtooth Forest management plans and travel plans. They do not need to circumvent this open, inclusive and transparent process by seeking a backroom deal with the Obama administration.  
Patrick Lee


About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.