A national coalition of mountain bikers, climbers, cross country skiers, whitewater boaters and paddlers have endorsed turning the Boulder-White Clouds into a national Monument.
The Outdoor Alliance is a national coalition, which includes the International Mountain Bike Association, and the Boise-based Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Access Fund, which represents rock climbers, the American Canoe Association and the American Whitewater Association. The Wood River chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association already endorsed the measure that is being pushed by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, the Idaho Conservation League and the Wilderness Society.
The groups said protecting the area with continued access will improve the local economy. The issue has faded into the background lately with the government shutdown.