The Boulder-White Cloud Mountains in Idaho are rugged, located in the heart of the state’s mid-section. It is the true example of mixed use land, divided among several federal agencies and managed under many different rules.
For most that visit the Boulder-White Clouds, there tends to be a burning desire to keep things the way they are. But just how to do that isn’t agreed upon. There are competing interests between those who want access to the hundreds of miles of trails and those who want to protect it from even the possibility of further human development.
The balance today is a patchwork of national forest, BLM land, wilderness and national recreation area. Since the push to preserve public land in the 1960s, there are have been efforts to change the Boulder-White Clouds into one large domain protected by federal law.
Now a new development is brewing: support for a President Barack Obama to declare the Boulder-White Clouds into a single national monument. The president is granted the ability to declare a national monument under a century-old law known as the Antiquities Act.
The Obama Administration hasn’t said either way if it intends to support a National Monument designation, but the idea alone is kicking up controversy.
(Read more at: EarthFix)