Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness bill is finally introduced in US Senate

Will 2010 finally be the year Idaho’s Boulder and White Cloud Mountains get Wilderness protection?

Although Representative Simpson (R-Idaho) has not introduced his CIERDA bill this year in the House, Idaho’s two U.S. Senators yesterday introduced it in the Senate. If it moves, it will probably get attached to omnibus or other legislative and sort of by-pass the House.

This year’s version, which I have not reviewed, strips out some controversial public land giveaways at Stanley, Idaho.

Unlike Senator Tester’s Wilderness bill in Montana, the Idaho bill provides a mechanism and incentives for the voluntary retirements of grazing allotments.

Story: Rep. Simpson’s Boulder-White Cloud bill is introduced in the US Senate. By John Miller. AP