Idaho is the site of the newest designated wilderness in the United States–the Boulder-White Clouds–totaling 431 square miles.
On August 7, President Obama signed the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act, creating a new wilderness complex east of Stanley, Idaho.
There are three individual wilderness areas, the Hemingway-Boulder, the White Clouds, and the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak, which make up the 275,665 gorgeous acres.
The next steps for Forest Service managers will be to mark the boundaries (no small task in this rugged country), draft a management plan, and chase off all motorized traffic. Like all designated wilderness areas, the Boulder-White Clouds will disallow any motorized usage, including bicycles.
Hunting opportunities abound in the area including elk, mule deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, black bear, mountain lions, and upland birds. Not to be outdone, a fisherman can find 100+ lakes and some of the best salmon runs in the country.
Sounds like the perfect place to preserve for future generations.
It’s time to put Boulder-White Clouds on your bucket list!