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What's This About the Boulder-White Clouds?

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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.

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What Are the Boulder-White Clouds? 

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

Idaho is defined by its wild country. In the heart of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area towers one of Idaho's most iconic mountains, Castle Peak. Perched in the middle of two magnificent mountain ranges, Castle Peak looks down on both the Boulder Mountains and the White Cloud Mountains. This area, called the Boulder-White Clouds, is part of the largest unprotected area without roads in the lower 48.

For more than decade, ICL and Rep. Mike Simpson have worked to protect the wilderness of the Boulder-White Clouds for one simple reason—wilderness is more than lines on a map, it is why we live here.

But after trying to pass a bill in six consecutive sessions of Congress that would have protected more than 330,000 acres of wilderness areas in central Idaho, ICL is now acknowledging reality: Congress is no longer a place where people can come together to get things done.

The majesty of the Boulder and White Cloud mountains deserves better. Idaho deserves better. We can do better. There is a growing coalition of supporters working to  create a new package that will protect the Boulder-White Clouds as a national monument and safeguard the values we all love about this amazing landscape—including the broad set of uses Idahoans enjoy today—so that future generations can enjoy these same values.

And while the new path is different, the goals remain the same: ensure that we’re protecting the best of Idaho for future generations.

Proposed national monument boundary

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

Visit the Boulder-White Clouds national monument website

What's So Special About the Boulder-White Clouds?

The Boulder-White Clouds are home to the headwaters of four rivers, to salmon that return from the Pacific Ocean each year to spawn, to unique plant life found nowhere else on earth, and to elusive wildlife species like wolverines and big horn sheep. The area provides extraordinary recreation access and a rich history in mining and conservation. View the incredible beauty in our slideshow!

But wild country is more than just mountains, trees and critters. Wild country is the backdrop in 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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