Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Outdoor recreation can help grow state’s economy

    As the owner of the Sand Trap in Pocatello, I’m excited to see the mountain bikers and wilderness advocates come together on a trail agreement moving forward in support of a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument.
    I recently joined the Idaho Outdoor Business Council, since they support the Boulder-White Clouds monument, and they understand that preserving the area will lead to more tourism and economic development in central Idaho. But it goes deeper than that. A lot of us who are active hikers, mountain bikers and anglers in Pocatello love to make at least one trip a year to the Boulder-White Clouds to enjoy the world-class adventures in that stunningly beautiful area. We tune up on our wonderful backyard trails in Pocatello, and plan our big trips over a few beers and a tasty meal at the Sand Trap.
    Those of us in the outdoor recreation business in Idaho need to work together to grow our state’s recreation economy. What’s good for central Idaho also is good for Pocatello. The prospect of a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument gets us all excited about the future.
Corey Wight


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