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45th Anniversary for Wilderness Act - No “Mid-Life” Crisis in Sight

September 2, 2009

BOISE, Idaho - Forty-five years old and more than 100 million acres strong. This week marks the 45th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which has preserved some four million acres of public land in Idaho including, most recently, thousands of acres in the Owyhee Canyonlands.

Mike Matz, executive director of the Campaign for America's Wilderness, says that, as with the Owyhee plan, preserving public land is a collaboration that crosses typical political party lines.

"We've got Republicans in Idaho and Southern California who are working on these things, and Democrats in Oregon and Colorado; it's sort of unusual in this day and age when everything seems to be hyper-partisan."

Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson is still working to move his legislation to protect about 300,00 acres in the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains in Central Idaho.

Matz says wilderness areas are usually recreation hot spots and key wildlife and fish habitats, and they play a role in cleaning the air and water.

"We've managed, through wilderness designations, to set aside almost five percent of the U.S. land mass. It would be nice if we could get that up to 10 percent."

The U.S. Senate recently passed a resolution commemorating the anniversary of the Wilderness Act on Thursday.

The Owyhee Initiative that created about 500,000 acres of wilderness was part of the Public Land Management Act of 2009 signed earlier this year. The Boulder-White Clouds proposal sponsored by Congressman Simpson is called the "Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act."

Deb Courson, Public News Service - ID