Whatever your take on whether the quid pro quo is worth it with wilderness designation, we’re in a different political atmosphere and that is beginning to show results – the bills are getting better :

Simpson removes criticized portion of Boulder-White Clouds wilderness billIdaho Statesman

94 federal acres that would have been transfered to local development saved – 5,500 more to go.

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Brian Ertz

6 Responses to Wilderness bills continue improvement in new congress

  1. avatar JB says:

    Interesting, heard any news on the Greater Yellowstone bill?

    Personally, I’m all for wilderness, so long as front country areas maintain access for recreationists. Wilderness designation in a popular area can effectively lock out a lot of people if the managing agency decides there’s too much foot traffic. To be clear, I don’t think that would be an issue here, but have seen it in other areas. If we want people to appreciate wild places we need to maintain access.

  2. avatar Brian Ertz says:

    the omnibus which includes Wyoming Wild & Scenic river designation is being held up by Craig. He’s got no “hold” ability – but he’s being afforded the courtesy to address his concerns that Idaho AG irrigators get their water.

  3. avatar JB says:

    Of course it’s Craig. Should’ve known.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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