Four Components Addressed in Legislation 1. Economic development in Custer County. 2. Recreation and motorized users who need certainty to guarantee continued access. 3. Ensuring ranchers, outfitters, miners and others to operate on public lands in Boulder-White Clouds. 4. Creates wilderness areas = 318,765 acres; plus releasing 131,616 acres of wilderness study areas.
1. Economic Development in Custer County. • $5 million to Custer County • Transfer of Federal Lands to Custer County • Transfer of Federal Lands to Blaine County • Transfer of Federal Lands to Stanley, Clayton, Challis and Mackay
Federal Land Transfers Included in H.R. 222 • Blaine County Conveyances, Map #1 total 276 acres / 3 parcels • Blaine County Conveyances, Map #2 total 168 acres / 2 parcels • City of Clayton Conveyances, Clayton Map / 33 acres / 4 parcels • Custer County and City of Mackay / 853 acres / 6 parcels • Custer County and City of Challis / 3,198 / 6 parcels • Stanley and Custer County / 162 acres/ 3 parcels • State of Idaho Ada County Motorized Park / 1000 acres
2. Recreation and motorized users who need certainty to guarantee continued access.
CIEDRA Considers All Recreation Users • Authorizes the First-Ever Wheel Chair Accessible Trails in Wilderness • Locks in existing Motorized use for ATV and snowmobiles. • Protects approx. 318,000 Acres as Wilderness
3. Ensuring Ranchers, Outfitters, and others to operate on public land in the BWC. • Grazing Memorandum of Agreement • Outfitters and Guides permit extension
Three Wilderness Areas = 318,765 acres An area almost ½ the size of Rhode Island • Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness • (110,438 acres) • White Clouds Wilderness (76,657 acres) • Jerry Peak Wilderness (131,670 acres)
Blaine County Boulder-White Clouds Council City of Bellevue City of Sun Valley City Council of the City of Hailey City Council of the City of Ketchum City Council of the City of Stanley Campaign for America’s Wilderness Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group Custer County Idaho Conservation League Izaak Walton League of America Living Independent Network Corporation National Public Lands Grazing Campaign National Wildlife Federation The Wilderness Society Sun Valley Adaptive Sports Sawtooth Society Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau Trout Unlimited Cecil Andrus (D-ID), former Governor of Idaho and Former Secretary of the Department of Interior James McClure (R-ID), former U.S. Senator Idaho Bethine Church, former president of the Sawtooth Society and wife of the late Senator Frank Church (D-ID) More than 150 Idaho businesses support Congressman Simpson’s efforts to protect the BWC Area as wilderness. More than 5,000 Idahoans have written in support of Congressman Simpson’s efforts. The following organizations/individuals support all and/or part of H.R. 222
CIEDRA • Releases 131,616 acres of Wilderness Study Areas • Creates BWCMA 503,737 acres of USFS and BLM land surrounding wilderness areas
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