White Cloud Peaks tower above a landscape of icy rivers and wildflower meadows at the headwaters of the Salmon River in Idaho. Public officials, area businesses and local media have rallied behind protecting the area as wilderness.
good news it that much of the White Cloud Peaks area remains inaccessible
and is therefore able to maintain its wild and primitive character.
And there's solid support from local businesses and the ranching
community to come up with a wilderness plan. But the area is under
constant threat of mining pressures, and proposals are on the table
for cyanide-gold leach mining and molybdenum mining.
you can do: Contact the Sierra Club's Northern
Rockies Chapter, or call (208) 384-1023, to get details about
the campout and postcard campaign, and to join an email listserv
for updates and action alerts on the area.
Photo: Boulder-White Cloud Mountains, courtesy Craig Gehrke.