Between them Rick Johnson and Craig Gerhke have several decades of advocacy work on the books to protect the Boulder White Cloud mountains of Central Idaho. On August 7th, their work culminated with witnessing President Obama signing a new wilderness bill in the oval office. The bill sailed through both houses of Congress via unanimous consent on a “hotline” procedure after years of negotiations and compromise about management of the area both in Idaho and in Congress.
Tuesday, September 1st at 3pm I speak with Craig Gehrke of The Wilderness Society and Rick Johnson
from the Idaho Conservation League about how this central Idaho gem of a landscape came to be protected as wilderness. From the days of Castle Peak being threatened by an open pit mine, to years of local collaboration and compromising, to coalition building around a National Monument campaign, Craig and Rick share their journey to protect this remarkable place.