The Bonner County Board of Commissioners is set to adopt a new natural resource plan. An early draft contains a very concerning anti-wilderness policy:
The BOCC opposes any wilderness or restricted use designation in the County without prior Coordination by Federal/State agencies. At this time no portion of Bonner County is designated as wilderness lands managed by the Panhandle National Forest. The County recognizes that there are adequate acreages of designated wilderness outside the County and sees no need for the creation of any new restricted use lands including but not limited to wilderness, wild lands, corridors, conservancies, monuments, roadless areas, migration routes and connectivity lands (here and after referred to as “Restricted use lands”) inside the County.
As you know, there are no protected wilderness areas in Idaho’s nine northern counties. We believe that special places, like the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, should be preserved for today and for future generations. If the Bonner County Commissioners adopt the plan as is, it will stall or end efforts to secure wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks.
Fortunately, the county is still accepting comments on the first draft. Use the form below to ask Commissioners Glen Bailey, Jeff Connolly, and Dan McDonald to remove the anti-wilderness language from the plan. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 15, so act now!