Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Boulder-White Clouds deserve special designation

    We have a very special backyard here in Central Idaho and we need to guarantee that our backyard stays that way.
    To me, there is nothing like getting out of town and into the mountains to find solace, inspiration and joy. Having the Boulder-White Clouds so close makes it possible for me to find these feelings while recreating in one of the most beautiful landscapes I have set foot anywhere in the world. Having this world-class playground, classroom and pristine environment so close to us is a privilege. A national monument is a necessary designation in the Boulder-White Clouds to ensure this privilege is always here.
    I support the Boulder-White Clouds National Monument because this unique opportunity is a way to balance what I love most; high-quality wilderness lands and opportunities for recreation. Let’s face it; the population of Idaho is growing along with the rest of the nation. I believe that a national monument is our ticket to getting in front of the heavy use we already see in the Sawtooth Valley. This is a proactive plan to ensure we are adequately protecting the sensitive places so they remain intact forever.
    The time is now to designate the Boulder-White Clouds as a national monument. The longer we wait to do so, the more we risk impairing the sensitive areas and special places that make the Boulder-White Clouds so great.
Alisa McGowan


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