Boulder-White Cloud Wilderness Management for Hikers and Backpackers

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Karen Eldredge (208) 685-0263

Excursions into the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains after Labor Day offer opportunities for solitude in a gorgeous landscape. Protection by Wilderness designation means changes from prior policies that affect hikers and backpackers. USFS personnel will discuss the Wilderness boundaries and how changes will impact your trip planning and backcountry camping practices. Get psyched for an insiders view and how you can minimize degradation of fragile alpine ecosystems.

On August 7, 2015, President Obama signed the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act, which includes designation of three new wilderness areas as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System: Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness (116,898 acres), Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness (90,769 acres) and Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness (67,998 acres). These protected areas preserve 275,665 acres of public land within the state of Idaho.

The designating legislation for these three wilderness areas required the agencies develop wilderness management plans no later than 3 years after the date of Act. The two plans, one for the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak and one for the Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds and Hemingway-Boulders were signed in late August of this year.

The focus of this presentation will be to share the unique characteristics that make up the two different wilderness areas managed by the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA), and to discuss the management direction that will result from the new wilderness management plan. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear about how you can help in protect these special places.

Our speakers will be Susan James, Recreation Program Manager and Tom Winter, Wilderness and Trails Coordinator, both with the SNRA.

Time and location: 7 pm at the Trophy Room, Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 South Walnut Street, Boise, Idaho. Park at rear of building and enter through the door on the northeastern corner.

IMR monthly meetings are a way to hear about topics of interest to Idaho outdoor enthusiasts. Starting in 2017, meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month and are free and open to the public. (Of course, we shamelessly hope you like what you see and will join the club--but we also don’t pressure you!) We provide outing updates, announcements, and have a 45-minute presentation followed by discussion and/or social time so people have a chance to meet one another.