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A Boulder-White Clouds National Monument

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After trying to pass a bill in six consecutive sessions of Congress that would have would have protected more than 330,000 acres of wilderness areas in Central Idaho, ICL is now acknowledging reality: It's time to protect the Boulder-White Clouds as a national monument.

Support Long-Term Protection of the Boulder-White Clouds!

Sign the petition today and join the growing number of voices supporting the effort to designate the Boulder-White Clouds as a national monument.  

What Are the Boulder-White Clouds? 

Castle Peak and Four Lakes Basin. Ed Cannady photo
Castle Peak and Four Lakes Basin. Ed Cannady photo.

The Boulder-White Clouds are a crown jewel of Central Idaho. This is where the headwaters of four major river systems originate, where unique critters are found such as bighorn sheep and the elusive wolverine, where there are the highest-elevation salmon runs in North America, as well as rare plants found nowhere else on earth. The Boulder-White Clouds are more than impressive 10,000 foot peaks, they span into rolling sagebrush and sensitive volcanic soils. Collectively the area represents critically diverse wildlife habitat during both summer and winter.  

The region is one of the last, largest under-protected roadless landscapes in the lower 48 states and supports all types of recreational opportunities. The Boulder-White Clouds offer world-class backcountry experiences including hunting and fishing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, horseback riding and off-road motorized use. As a whole, the Boulder-White Clouds form a large connected drainage that delivers clean water to wildlife, fisheries and human communities near-by. 

Why a National Monument? 

The goal of national monument status is to keep this spectacular place whole and healthy so that future generations can experience the Boulder-White Clouds in largely the same way they are experienced today. For more than 40 years, this area has been recommended for wilderness designation. Decades of collaborative efforts on legislation that would have ensured long-term protection have failed due to idleness in Washington, DC. 

Today the opportunity is different—the Boulder-White Clouds can once and for all be acknowledged for the important place that is is. With national monument designation we can have certainty that the wilderness character that exists here, the clean water, the rich wildlife habitat, and the diverse recreational experiences will be preserved long into the future. View the incredible beauty in our slideshow! 

Want to Know More?  

National Monument Boundary Map (pfd download)

Boulder-White Clouds National Monument Fact Sheet (pdf download)

Frequently Asked Questions (pdf download)

Get out and Explore the Boulder-White Clouds!

Wild country is the backdrop against which we build life-lasting memories. When you take your family into Idaho's backcountry, you can experience being part of the larger landscape, the historical journey. So get out there! Find great hikes in the Boulder-White Clouds.

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