In August of 1970, during the midst of his first gubernatorial campaign, Cecil D. Andrus presented his vision of a National Park for the White Clouds and the larger Sawtooth area to the Parks and Recreation Subcommittee of the House of the Interior. Plans for the creation of a Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA) and other forms of protection were already in the works ; however, the Mineral Leasing Act of 1872 gave priority to the surveying of mineral claims and tied up the hands of anyone wanting to fight the building of a road into the White Clouds.
Forty-five years later President Barack Obama signed into law Congressman Mike Simpson’s legislation creating three new Wilderness areas in Idaho. The legislation, The Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act (H.R. 1138), created over 275,000 acres of breathtaking wilderness. In December of 2016 Congressman Simpson and Idaho Conservation League Director Rick Johnson received City Club of Boise’s Dottie and Ed Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement in recognition of their 15+ year journey of drafting multiple wilderness bills, building collaborations with myriad diverse entities ranging from mountain cyclists to hunters, and gaining national support for the protection of Idaho wilderness.
Idaho Public Television and Outdoor Idaho documented this incredible 50-year journey in a cinematic-worthy one hour feature that premiered in December of 2016. Beyond the White Clouds will be rebroadcast on Sunday, March 12 from 7:00 to 8:30. Shortly after, on March 27, Idaho Public Television and Boise State’s School of Public Service will present a very special evening with Outdoor Idaho host Bruce Reichert and panelists Governor Andrus, Congressman Mike Simpson, Reporter Rocky Barker, Rick Johnson. Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer period moderated by Andrus Center Director John Freemuth.
The success of the Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness initiative is a testament to the collaboration of many individuals and organizations. The following groups will be represented at the event and we encourage you to arrive early to learn more about them:
- Idaho Conservation League
- Idaho Humanities Council
- Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association
- The Wilderness Society
Monday, March 27, 2017
Boise State Special Events Center
1700 University Drive
Doors open at 6:00
Program begins at 6:30
There is no cost to attend this event and parking will be provided courtesy of Idaho Public Television and the Andrus Center for Public Policy. Please register below so we may plan for the appropriate attendance and follow up with a reminder and parking information.