I have worked for over a decade with local ranchers, elected officials, recreationists, and other affected parties to address land use issues in the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains in Central Idaho. Idahoans’ access to these pristine areas has been in jeopardy for years because decades-long land management issues have not been resolved. To address these issues once and for all, I have introduced the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (CIEDRA). CIEDRA moves us beyond the old debates of how to manage the Boulder-White Clouds and towards a more secure future for this rugged, beautiful, and productive heart of Idaho.
I am confident that with passage of CIEDRA, we can put to rest many long standing conflicts and move ahead to a stronger, more secure economy in Central Idaho. By ensuring that people can maintain their livelihoods and enjoy their favorite recreational activities, we have achieved a win-win for everyone.
The input of Idahoans, especially those who are directly impacted by this legislation, continues to be of utmost importance to me, and I appreciate hearing the comments, concerns, and input of those who are affected by these issues. I would encourage you to learn more about CIEDRA and the long-standing land management challenges I am working to address by viewing the maps, public testimony, and editorials, and facts and figures about this bill linked here.