Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Get informed before deciding on monument

    I came away from the recent Boulder-White Clouds National Monument meeting disappointed and confused. Both feelings stem from the relative lack of research done by many people who have become very vocal in their opposition of the monument, as well as some folks who just aren’t sure about it.
    This discussion is inherently political, yet I still find myself wondering why we find the same level of misinformation and mud-slinging here that we would in a presidential election. Although people should feel obligated to do their own research and figure out what is true and what isn’t, neither party should be filling people’s minds with false information.
    A prime example I witnessed at the meeting was the support for a wilderness area as opposed to a monument. As a woman spoke about her desire to continue pushing for wilderness, I saw several people nodding along in agreement—people who had previously spoken about their desire to keep motorcycle trails and snowmobiling areas open or continue to create mines. I encourage these people to read about the Wilderness Act of 1964, as they won’t find themselves enjoying their newfound wilderness should things go that way. Please do your due diligence as a voter and research the topic at hand before casting a vote in either direction.
    The fact of the matter is this:  It is simply impossible for us to know exactly what will happen should the monument plan come to fruition. What we have here is an opportunity, not a guarantee. We have an opportunity to provide and even higher level of protection for the SNRA and hundreds of thousands of acres of equally beautiful territory. The ICL isn’t looking to take your motorcycles, roads and bike trails away; they are looking to preserve them for future generations.
Josh Thornton
Sun Valley


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