Cheers from the Twin Falls Times-News

Our View: Cheers and Jeers

Dec. 10, 2016

Cheers to U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, who has introduced legislation to protect the Scotchman peaks in northern Idaho.

The bill would protect from development about 88,000 acres overlooking the Clark Fork River delta. About 14,000 acres are in Idaho; separate legislation could protect the remaining land in Montana.

The protection bill comes on the heels of Rep. Mike Simpson’s efforts to protect the Boulder-White Clouds.

We salute the Republican lawmakers for realizing that pristine lands are just as important to some Idahoans as economic development.

The proposal has wide support, including from local political leaders and the timber industry.

“There are some parts of the national forest that should be managed for timber production and some parts of the forest that should be managed for wilderness,” Bob Boeh, Idaho Forest Group’s vice president of government affairs, told The Spokesman-Review.

If Risch’s bill gains congressional approval, the wilderness would be kept that way forever.