Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Boulder-White Clouds deserve special protection

    On a late evening in July, the setting sun lit up the White Cloud Mountain peaks with a gorgeous mix of orange, rouge and crimson, while shaggy mountain goats frolicked in the cliffs. The image was so stunning it made the cut for the cover of “Idaho Impressions,” a popular coffee table book.
    I’m a widely traveled professional photographer, and I’m always impressed with how Idaho has protected some of best, wild places in the western United States. These are the places I visit regularly to take photographs for my business. We need to continue that tradition by supporting national monument protection for the Boulder-White Clouds. We must ensure that the Boulder-White Clouds are managed to preserve the fragile alpine country, high mountain lakes and world-class wildlife.
    I’m a native of Nampa, so I certainly understand the viewpoint of people who like to dig for gold on our public lands, cut trees, dirt bike, ATV, etc. More than 20 million of acres of national forest and BLM land in Idaho are open for multiple-use. The Boulder-White Clouds are special and need to be treated that way. Let’s leave a legacy for our grandchildren and create a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument.
Mark Lisk
Lisk Studio & Gallery


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