Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Boulder-White Clouds deal a model for compromise

    Let me be among the first to applaud the agreement struck by mountain bikers and conservationists to protect the Boulder-White Clouds as our nation’s newest national monument. I commend efforts to craft a common-sense solution to preserve the human-powered recreational access and the ecological integrity of this place. Let’s hope this successful collaboration becomes a model for how we tackle important public lands management issues in the future.
     This agreement is a true win-win for recreational access and conservation in the Boulder-White Clouds. It urges President Obama to protect access into these mountains in much the same manner as it exists today while placing utmost importance on the future integrity of the world-class ecological resources of the Boulder-White Clouds. I commend all involved in this agreement for showing the patience and dedication needed to craft a balance that protects both.  
     It’s often said that we live in an era where extreme polarization has replaced the art of compromise. By working together to preserve the Boulder-White Clouds, we here in Blaine County have shown that there is another way. Let’s not let the awesome opportunity this deal presents be lost. I urge everyone who loves the Boulder-White Clouds to join in supporting this fantastic agreement.
Greg Martin
Board of directors
Wood River Bicycle Coalition

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