Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Donít make a monumental mistake in the White Clouds

    Proponents of national monument status for the Boulder-White Cloud region of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area are running advertisements to drum up support for their proposal. The ads, paid for by a Washington, D.C., outfit and featuring Cecil Andrus and four other Idahoans, claim that monument status will attract more users to the region while providing greater protection for the region’s lakes, streams, plant life and critters.
    Does anyone truly believe that an influx of people recreating in the Boulder-White Clouds won’t have a negative impact on the region’s fragile landscape? As for better protections, monument status for the Boulder-White Clouds region cannot provide for safeguards that are not already available via Public Law 92-400 that created the Sawtooth NRA in 1972 and which has sustained it ever since. Andrus must know this to be true.
    Even though the monument proposal appears to be an empty shell, should President Obama choose to designate the Boulder-White Clouds region as a national monument, it could disrupt the equilibrium of the Sawtooth NRA that has served us so well for more than 40 years. Let’s not make a monumental mistake. Reject this needless and potentially destructive proposal.
Dan Johnson

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