Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Boulder-White Clouds should be protected

    Early this summer, several of my friends and I traveled to the Fourth of July Lake in the Boulder-White Clouds. We wanted to experience first-hand what all the fuss over this area is about.
    As soon as I stepped into the forest area, it seemed like a world different from my hometown in the Treasure Valley. We trekked over patches of snow that stood taller than ourselves—a snowpack that I hadn’t even seen in a winter season before! There were small creeks running under the snow patches and over rocks, and when you came closer to Fourth of July Lake, the thick line of trees opened up to a huge field filled with little purple and white flowers and tiny streams flowing through the mossy rocks.
    This natural scenery was unlike any landscaping anyone could ever create, and is something that we should cherish, not destroy. That’s why I care about protecting the Boulder-White Clouds as a national monument.
Jessica Archibald

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