Support National Monument Protection for the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains!
If you cannot attend, please phone or write a short e-mail to our Commissioners (information below).
“Commissioners – Please write a letter of support for a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument. Thank you.”
5:30 pm BOULDER-WHITE CLOUDS NATIONAL MONUMENT DESIGNATION
PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION and CONSIDERATION
Public Comment is encouraged
7:30 pm ADJOURN
Meeting location: Old Blaine County Courthouse, 206 First Avenue S., Hailey, Idaho
Blaine County Commissioners (Phone 208.788.5500)
Chairman Lawrence Schoen, Ext.1124
Vice Chairman Angenie McCleary, Ext. 1173
Jacob Greenberg, Ext. 1176
Some points to make:
– President Obama has the power to proclaim a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument. Ask the Commissioners to write and ask him to do it.
– The Boulder-White Cloud Mountains are the largest, unprotected chunk of National Forest land left in the lower 48. It’s time to protect this magnificent place for all the generations to come. Congress is not going to do it.
– The Sawtooth National Recreation Area only covers 49% of the land within the Boulder-White Cloud Mountain ecosystem. Most lands outside the SNRA are managed by the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Salmon and the BLM in Challis.
– National Monument status can include “pristine areas” where all natural values are protected and certain uses may be restricted.
– Natural values are currently being degraded by unrestrained ATV use and overgrazing by sheep and cattle. There are currently no restrictions on the numbers of motorized or mechanized machines on any given trail or area where they are currently allowed.
– Wildlife and watershed protection, ecological and historical features – will all benefit from National Monument status. There will be ONE management plan for the entire area, rather than the current piecemeal plans.
Photo credit: Lynne Stone, Boulder-White Clouds Council (Copyright BWCC 2009):
Top: Lonesome Lake in the White Clouds with the Sawtooth Wilderness to the West.
Bottom: Talking about critters and wild places on a BWCC hike to Strawberry Basin/Ants Basin with a view of David O Lee Peak.