Here is an analysis of what it may take to get the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Area bill through the new Democratic congress.

They are worrying that Custer County might jump ship, but I’d say for every bit given to Custer County (unless it is money) more needs to be given to conservationists. A designated Wilderness isn’t enough (unless maybe if it is huge).

There is also the misperception that Custer County means the county seat of Challis and the Custer County commissioners, but I think the opinion of folks in Stanley (which doesn’t take back seat to Challis anymore) counts too.

Story in the Idaho Falls Post Register.  Corey Taule

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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 past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

One Response to Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson to take new route on wilderness bill (CIEDRA)

  1. avatar kt says:

    “This is sagebrush desert,” Simpson said in the Post Register story.

    How ignorant and telling – if it has sagebrush on it, it aint’ worth nothin’ – compared to the rocks and ice in the “wilderness” bill. Unfortunately, that is the attitude of the Bill’s conservationist proponents, too. CIEDRA would release around 80,000 acres of WSAs, too – because after all, they are ugly good for nothin’ sagebrush desert – where the wolves and big game converge in the winter …

    Can’t we please move on from these pathetic Wilderness bills, and let Simpson’s envtl record shine for the Big Fat ZERO it really is …


December 2006


‎"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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