Designating half of a million acres of the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness would bring changes to the area. The management of the area would be devoted to conservation, recreational, scenic, scientific, educational, and historical use. Although the approximately 180 miles of road in the area would remain open, the construction of any new roads or permanent structures would be prohibited.
Mechanized travel such as snowmobiling, trailbiking, all terrain vehicle
riding and mountain biking would also be prohibited. Wilderness proponent
Tom Pomeroy said:
Logging is not allowed in wilderness. But due to the amount of timber in comparison to the extraction costs, representatives of timber industry have said that they are not interested in harvesting timber in the Boulder-White Clouds. Mining and livestock grazing would be allowed to continue in areas where these activities existed prior to wilderness designation.
The Central Idaho Director of the Idaho Conservation League, Linn Kincannon, said that the Idaho Conservation League is interested in designating the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness to preserve the land and its wildlife habitat. According to Kincannon, it is not about her opportunities to use the area. Instead, she believes it is crucial to preserve the Boulder-White Clouds for future generations.
Wilderness advocate Dale Grooms argues it is Idahoans responsibility to protect all of the Boulder-White Clouds because wilderness is a national concern. He believes that there is not enough wilderness in the United States, and more must be protected in the interest of wildlife. Avid backcountry skier Stephen Walcher agrees. He believes that the Boulder-White Clouds should be designated wilderness to minimize man’s impact on the land and wildlife. According to Walcher, it is important to have quiet and fresh air in our mechanized world.
“The Boulder-White Clouds is like a crown jewel of wildlands in Idaho,” said the Executive Director of Western Watersheds Project, Jon Marvel. “It represents all of the values of Idaho. It has all of the native wildlife present. And we need to protect that. We are the changers of the environment, but in this case, we should be the protectors of the environment.”
“The Boulder-White Clouds area is a very unique area in Idaho that
is fully qualified for wilderness protection,” said former governor
of Idaho Cecil Andrus, who calls himself a commonsense conservationist.
Andrus contends that all interested parties must have a seat at the bargaining
table and be willing to compromise for wilderness designation to materialize.