The following article appeared in the Challis Messenger, April 12, 2005.
Letter to Editor from David Kimpton, Stanley, re. CIEDRA
April 12, 2005
Subject: Clarification on Land Use
Dear Editor -
It was good to see your coverage in last week’s (April 8) Messenger on
Rep.Simpson’s CIEDRA bill.
We would like to make a clarification to the story titled “Group opposes
federal land transfers”. It states that we “.... want more wilderness
designated and no motorized use allowed in the area” [the Boulder-White
We generally do support wilderness, but it’s not true that we unilaterally
want “no motorized use”. We recognize that there are some areas where
motorized recreation does occur and is appropriate.
Our focus is on preserving Valley Creek and preventing the transfer of 162
acres of SNRA land for development. Most of those acres, as your story
related, are on or near Valley Creek. This land contains crucial elk
winter range; habitat for resident and migrating birds, as well as salmon
Development would also mar the majestic and much photographed view of
Valley Creek and the Sawtooth Mountains as you drive up Highway 75 from
Please continue reporting on this important issue. By the way, I own and
ride a snowmobile.
Central Idahoans for Accountability in Government
Stanley ID 83278