Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Monument can be an Idaho-made solution

    As former president of the Idaho Wildlife Federation, I understand the value of world-class big-game habitat to our hunting heritage. That is why our group supports a national monument proclamation for the Boulder-White Clouds.
    The Idaho Wildlife Federation, along with others in the sportsmen community, support specific sideboards in the proclamation that protect continued high-quality hunting and fishing opportunities, readily accessible public trails, continued state management of fish and game, continued outfitting and guiding, and making it a priority for the Forest Service and BLM to protect that high-quality fish and wildlife habitat. The Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (CIEDRA) was a good faith effort by Congressman Mike Simpson to protect this one-of-a-kind landscape. A product of much compromise, it was an Idaho-made solution.
    But that bill is dead in a Congress that’s mired in quicksand. A national monument is a great alternative for long-term protection with more management flexibility. I would encourage all sportsmen to get involved and make your voice heard. Together, we can make this an Idaho-made solution.
Rob Fraser

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