PUBLIC LANDS — Cecil Andrus, former Idaho governor and Interior secretary, is among several prominent Idahoans to appear in a new ad campaign supporting national monument designation for the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains.
Andrus has called for protecting the area near Ketchum for several years as Congress has failed to move the legislation introduced by Rep. Simpson in each of the last six Congressional sessions.
In the print ad, which debuted today in the Idaho Statesman, Andrus says, “My career has been about common-sense conservation in line with Idaho values. National Monument status will protect the area’s fish and wildlife habitat, while keeping it open to hunting, fishing and other recreational uses that greatly benefit our economy.”
According to the Idaho Conservation League, the campaign also features Ketchum businessmen Bob Rosso and Tom Nickel, former State Representative Wendy Jaquet, and sportsman Tyler Jackson, who back monument designation “for businesses,” “to keep tourists coming,” “for future generations,” and for “plentiful fish and game.”
A new economic study released by the Idaho Outdoor Business Council showed that creation of a BWC monument could add between $3.7-12.3 million in revenue and support as many as 150 new jobs.
Andrus, a longtime supporter of legislative protection of the Boulder-White Clouds says Congressional stalemate helped convince him to advocate for national monument status for the area.
“It’s time to resolve the debate in a reasonable way that will conserve and protect one of the nation’s last great unspoiled landscapes. I now believe that the protection so richly deserved for this place can only be accomplished by presidential action – the creation of a national monument.”
The campaign, which will run over the next few months, is cosponsored by the ICL and The Pew Charitable Trusts, which have been working to safeguard the Boulder-White Cloud area for more than a decade.