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Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act

Location: Washington, DC



Mr. WALDEN of Oregon. Madam Speaker, I yield my sufficient such time as I may consume.

I am really pleased that we are bringing forward Congressman MIKE SIMPSON's bill, H.R. 3603, the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act, otherwise known as CIEDRA. Congressman Simpson should be commended for the hard work that he has put into developing this legislation over the last 6 years. He has worked tirelessly to get this legislation to this position.

This bill is the first comprehensive wilderness bill to come out of the State of Idaho in more than 25 years, a quarter of a century. It enjoys broad support from elected officials, as well as the Idaho conservation community and present and past statewide officials.

H.R. 3603 considers all users in the Boulder-White Clouds. It creates three new wilderness areas, totaling approximately 312,000 acres. It authorizes the first-ever wheelchair accessible trails in the wilderness. It locks in existing motorized use for all terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, and it also provides much needed economic assistance to a county that is, get this, over 95 percent Federal land. Ninety-five percent.

H.R. 3603 is a locally produced compromise that meets the needs of today's users and secures the future for generations of Idahoans and Americans who want to continue using and enjoying our beautiful Boulder-White Clouds area. By passing this bill, we can put to rest many longstanding conflicts and move forward toward a more secure future for those who use and enjoy this area.

Once again, Mr. Simpson's efforts at bringing together very diverse groups should be applauded. I urge passage of this important piece of compromise legislation.

Madam Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.


Mr. WALDEN of Oregon. Madam Speaker, I yield myself the balance of my time.

Again, I want to commend the hard work and diligent effort of our colleague MIKE SIMPSON from Idaho and his staff and the people he has worked with for a long time to bring this bill to this point and for our consideration. And I would heartily urge our Members to support it and remind them that it came out of the Resources Committee on a unanimous vote.

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