Ketchum City Council Backs Boulder-White Clouds Monument

May 23, 2014

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The Ketchum City Council has approved a resolution supporting a proposal to designate a national monument in central Idaho.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports the council voted 3-0 earlier this week to back a plan to create a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds. One member abstained from the vote.

The Idaho Conservation League, Wilderness Society and others want the Obama administration to create a 591,905-acre national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds using the Antiquities Act.

The proposed national monument is in Blaine and Custer counties, and much of it is beautiful, remote and rugged.

A group in Custer County recently formed to oppose the designation, citing diminished economic possibilities and restrictions on access.