This list and story were the result of a comment by Secretary of Interior Kempthorne followed up by publicity and work by the Idaho Statesman with help from Dr. John Freemuth, a political scientist, at Boise State University.

I certainly like the idea of a Mesa Falls National Monument of 200,000 acres which would correct omissions made by Congress back in 1872 when Yellowstone Park was established.

The Lewis and Clark National Monument for the Clearwater country is a much needed proposal.

I doubt we will get any national monuments from Bush, although some of his “black site,” currently unlocated prisons (where they do not torture) may be eventually declared national historic sites like they did some of the Japanese-American interment camps from the 1940s.

Story by Rocky Barker.

A correction to the Idaho Statesman story . . . while it is true no more national monuments can be designated in the state of Wyoming by any President (part of the legislative settlement on Grand Teton NP in 1950), Cave Falls is not unprotected. It always has been inside Yellowstone Park (although not far).

Photo of Cave Falls on Google Earth. It’s safely inside Yellowstone Park.

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

One Response to "Everyday Idahoans" suggest possible new national monuments

  1. avatar John Freemuth says:

    Hi Ralph

    Well, lets see what if anything happens.

    Best,

    John

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