In December, Sportsmen for Boulder-White Clouds travelled to the nation’s capital to show their support for a Boulder White-Clouds National Monument. Outreach Coordinator Michael Gibson was joined by Jim Nunley from Idaho Wildlife Federation, local fishing guide Chris Gerono, First Lite’s Ryan Callaghan and salmon advocate Pat Ford.
From L to R: Jim Nunley, Chris Gerono, Ryan Callaghan, Michael Gibson and Pat Ford
While in Washington, DC, the group met with John Blair at the Department of the Interior, Undersecretary Robert Bonnie and US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell at the Department of Agriculture and Michael Degnan at the White House Council for Environmental Quality.
From L to R: Pat Ford, USFS Chief Tom Tidwell, Chris Gerono, USDA Undersecretary Robert Bonnie, Michael Gibson and Jim Nunley
“Administration officials seem to be very familiar with the outstanding resource values in the Boulder-White Clouds,” said Gibson. “They were excited to hear from Idaho sportsmen as to why we support greater protections for this landscape.”
The group reiterated to the administration some of the unique values found in the Boulder-White Clouds, including the sometimes overlooked East Fork Salmon watershed. “The East Fork is unparalleled in its fishery values. It is home to the highest altitude spawning and furthest inland migration for salmon and steelhead anywhere in the world,” Pat Ford says.
Ryan Callaghan, who works for Ketchum-based clothing manufacturer First Lite, noted, “This is basically my backyard. In 15 minutes on a mountain bike, I can be hunting,” he said. “Our company doesn’t just sell clothing, it sells what the Boulder-White Clouds represents.”
During their visit, Sportsmen for Boulder-White Clouds representatives delivered a letter asking Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of the Interior Tom Vilsack to designate a monument in the Boulder-White Clouds, signed by over 500 hunters and anglers.
You can sign on to the letter at http://www.sportsmenforbwc.org/take-a-stand/