Saturday, August 15, 2015
Boulder-White Clouds shows there are still bi-partisan solutions available to land use and environmental issues
The preservation of Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds as wilderness this month ranks as one of the great un-reported land use and environmental stories of the year. Most of the major newspapers have covered the designation in passing. This is remarkable, in my mind, for a very important reason: the designation was a true bipartisan effort, over decades, in which today's very conservative Idaho congressional delegation aligned behind the proposed wilderness designation that a Democratic president could sign. Granted, there had been concern that Obama might declare the area a national monument, but that should not belie the fact that a bipartisan solution was reached in Washington on an environmental issue in today's climate. Such a result deserves to be celebrated. Below is an excerpt from PBS, which is the best coverage I found outside of Idaho, detailing the bi-partisan effort.