Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson and his staff have been in contact with
many interest groups for the past several years, trying to develop a
Boulder-White Cloud wilderness proposal.
This is an exciting opportunity, but given the poor conservation record of
Idaho’s Congressional Delegation, achieving a Wilderness worthy of the
magnificent Boulder-White Clouds will be challenging.
We and other conservation and sportsmen's groups have long supported
Wilderness for 500,000 acres in the Boulder-White Clouds, 182,000 acres in
the Pioneers and 130,000 acres in the Smoky Mountains.
Opponents to Wilderness include Custer County leaders and ranchers,
extractive industries (mining, timber, grazers), dirt bikers, all-terrain
vehicle (ATV) users and snowmobilers.
JUNE 17, 2004
Rep. Mike Simpson released his Central Idaho
Economic Development & Recreation Act (CIEDRA) Framework for public
JULY 22, 2004
Rep. Simpson released changes to his initial Central Idaho proposal
on July 22, 2004. CLICK HERE
to read the press release.
JULY 23, 2004
INITIAL CHANGES TO CENTRAL IDAHO PROPOSAL - Rep. Mike Simpson has made changes and additions to his
Central Idaho Plan. He is proposing to add a "Hemmingway Wilderness"
Bad news: he's dropped Fourth of July Lake out of
Wilderness to please snowmobilers.
Good news: Rep. Simpson has listened to people and withdrawn his
terrible proposal to build a year around motorized trail through Phyllis
OCTOBER 8, 2004 Final CIEDRA bill of 2004 is introduced in Congress.
MAY 19, 2005 Rep. Mike Simpson introduces a new version of CIEDRA in
JULY 28, 2005 Rep. Mike Simpson introduces a revised version of CIEDRA in
Congress. The bill is H.R. 3603. This is the 5th version of CIEDRA since
OCTOBER 27, 2005 H.R. 3603 has a House Resources subcommittee hearing in