Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Letís have the truth on monument plan

    On many occasions and by numerous concerned citizens, the Idaho Conservation League has been asked about their specific agenda and the details surrounding the creation of a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds region of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Their elusive replies sound a lot like, “We must pass the bill to find out what’s in it.” They offer no details about how such a declaration will affect the many uses on the land today nor do they say why they think Public Law 92-400, which created the Sawtooth NRA more than 40 years ago, is not working.
    The truth is that the current SNRA is working just fine. For 40 years now, the Forest Service has worked successfully with the Sawtooth Society and other principal parties in managing what many consider Idaho’s crown jewel, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Let us not be fooled by the vagaries of the Idaho Conservation League into thinking that more federal government over-reach into Idaho’s magnificent lands will solve some imagined threat to future generations.
    The ICL and the man pulling their strings, Cecil Andrus, together hope to get President Obama to declare the Boulder-White Clouds region a national monument but once again, when pressed for specifics they have refused to supply any, leading many to conclude that the effort may be nothing more than a ploy to placate ICL donors who are unhappy with the decade-long wilderness push that has failed, and for the former governor to have his name enshrined as the Cecil D. Andrus National Monument.
Phil Ackerman
Eagle, Idaho


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