Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Boise councilman supports monument

    As a Boise City Council member, I want to express my strong support for a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument, and urge Interior and Agriculture officials within President Obama’s administration to host a public meeting this year to hear from Idahoans in consideration of this request.
    I have visited the Boulder-White Clouds, hiked within in the area and admired its beauty on numerous occasions. It is one of the last, world-class locations of its kind in North America. Monument status would ensure that it is protected from mining, irresponsible recreational uses and development. This area should remain unspoiled forever, an experience left for future generations to enjoy. Four major Idaho rivers begin in these mountains. Protecting these lands ensures clean water at the source. Ample wildlife flourishes throughout, including several endangered species, requiring our protection. Monument status would also benefit the Idaho economy, positively impacting our state by bringing new visitors, businesses and recreational enthusiasts to our cities. Tourism would thrive as a result of world-class recreational opportunities this area provides.
    In Boise, we strive to be the most livable city in America. Designating the Boulder-White Clouds as a monument will solidify Idaho as one of the most livable states in America.
T.J. Thomson
Boise City Council member


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