Last week the first two community meetings regarding the Boulder-White Clouds and a possible National Monument designation were held. The first was hosted by the Blaine County Commissioners and the second was hosted by Idaho Conservation League.
In addition to providing information about what a national monument designation is and some history on the management of the Boulder-White Clouds, this was an opportunity for the public to ask questions and voice concerns.
A week earlier, the Sawtooth Society hosted a community meeting in Stanley, where the overwhelming community response was essentially “if it’s not broken, why fix it?” There was broad support of the existing SNRA and skepticism, at best, for what a National Monument would bring.
Though the public meetings in the Wood River Valley echoed some of the sentiment from Stanley, they were not as conclusive and more focused on specific trail use and mountain biking. Rick Johnson, Idaho Conservation League, told the Idaho Mountain Express that their intention was to close some of the White Clouds to mountain biking. Read article. ICL was reluctant to respond to numerous questions about trail specifics at the meetings, but said repeatedly “we are listening” in response to a flood of comments supporting preservation of mountain bike access to some special backcountry riding.
Additionally, the County Commissioners “are listening;” they are hoping to take a formal position on the National Monument idea soon, and welcome public input.
Many of you have asked when and to whom comments should be given. Now is the time. Send your comments to ICL and the Blaine County Commissioners: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com