Statement: Conservation Lands Foundation Praises Rep. Simpson (R-ID) For Introducing Bill To Honor Former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus
Durango, Colo. (November 2, 2017) – The Conservation Lands Foundation is praising Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID) for introducing H.R. 4134, to redesignate the White Clouds Wilderness in the Sawtooth and Challis National Forests in Idaho as the Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness in honor of the late Idaho governor.
Mr. Andrus was Idaho’s only four-term governor, served as Secretary of the Interior under President Carter and was a founding board member of the Conservation Lands Foundation.
Conservation Lands Foundation issued the following statement today from board chair Ed Norton:
“We are grateful to Rep. Simpson for his efforts to honor the legacy of our late founding board member Cecil Andrus. Like Rep. Simpson, Cecil understood that wild places are valuable to all Americans, and he had a unique ability to reach out and help others see that value. Cecil loved the West, and he helped protect tens of millions of acres—including Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—a gift that will benefit Americans for countless generations to come. It’s fitting that something as timeless and irreplaceable as the White Clouds Wilderness would carry Cecil’s name as a reminder of what one person can accomplish on behalf of places and people they are passionate about.”
The 90,000-acre White Cloud Wilderness area, along with two other wilderness areas totaling over 250,000 acres, were created by another bill from Congressman Simpson, signed by President Obama in August of 2015. That bill took years of work and, in a spirit of bipartisanship that echoed some of Mr. Andrus’ own work in Idaho, addressed multiple stakeholder concerns in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Salmon-Challis National Forest, including motorized use, mountain biking trails, recreation support and direct support to counties.
About Conservation Lands Foundation:
The non-profit Conservation Lands Foundation is the only organization in the country dedicated solely to protecting, restoring and expanding the National Conservation Lands so they will endure from generation to generation. The National Conservation Lands are 36 million acres of protected public lands, rivers and trails, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, that stand proudly alongside our national parks and wildlife refuges, protecting our nation’s heritage and helping drivers of the country’s $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. www.ConservationLands.org