Posts tagged: Boulder-White Clouds
Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: SALMON, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is opposing the proposed Boulder-White Clouds National Monument for fear of losing control of wildlife management in the 592,000-acre area. The decision this past week during a meeting in Salmon was unanimous. The Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/1sPIpYB) that the commission approved a letter opposing the monument to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and the Idaho Congressional Delegation. It was supported by several area hunters but drew immediate criticism from sportsmen's groups who long have promoted the monument as a way to enhance habitat for hunting and fishing opportunities under Fish and Game control. Commission Chairman Fred Trevey, of Lewiston, said without state sovereignty there won't be any meaningful hunting, fishing and trapping in the proposed monument area.
When he was secretary of the Interior under then-President George W. Bush, former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne worked on plans to declare two new national monuments in Idaho - the Boulder-White Clouds Mountains in central Idaho and Mesa Falls in eastern Idaho, reports the Idaho Statesman's Rocky Barker, and looked at others as well. Now there's new interest possible monument designations in Idaho, Barker reports, though Congressman Mike Simpson, who long has worked on wilderness legislation for the Boulder-White Clouds, prefers his bill to a presidential designation. Click below for a full report from Barker and the AP.
Former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus says he has been in touch with “high levels in the White House” about using the Antiquities Act to declare a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds, in order to prompt action on Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson's Boulder-White Clouds wilderness proposal. A move like that, Andrus told Idaho Public Television during a “Dialogue” Web Extra taped Tuesday, would “get some of those knotheads to listen to reason and understand the balance that is necessary.” Andrus, former U.S. secretary of the Interior, said, “That is the only vehicle I can see that can accelerate this action. … If it were me, I'd do it in a flash.” You can see video of Andrus' comments here. The full interview with Andrus will air on “Dialogue” on IPTV next Thursday, Nov. 17.