Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Preserve Boulder-White Clouds permanently

    Wild places have shaped my life. One of the most extraordinary wild places encountered on this journey is the Boulder-White Clouds mountain area in Idaho. My first trip to the heart of the White Clouds as a kid was in the early 1970s with a couple of friends that helped me convince my mother to give us a ride to the trailhead for a seven-day, 50-mile backpack trip—a grand adventure, to say the least. Midway through, euphoria was crushed when we stumbled upon the excruciating noise and ugly of mechanized mining on the flanks of Castle Peak.  The damage and muddied waters were a shocking sight to behold.  It left us speechless and panicked.
    The Boulder White Clouds are one of “the” special places on the planet—a region of natural splendor rivaled by few. It screams out for protection. This is my scream to protect it, please.  
    The bi-partisan efforts to protect the Boulder-White Clouds to date have failed to produce a final and lasting solution. The most viable solution is designating the area a national monument. Many user groups working for protection have made their cases. The arguments have been heard and the debate conducted.  This is the time to act. I urge all Idahoans and especially our lawmakers to support the national monument effort and get it done. Before it is too late.  
    Preserve this area permanently for other adventurous kids and for all citizens to enjoy and behold.
Link Jackson


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