The PBS program Friday night on Idaho's roadless areas and the issues facing wild areas in the state painted a bleak picture.
Industry will win out over protecting Idaho's vast roadless areas.
That's what I came away with from the program that aired on Idaho Public Television.
I was disappointed to see the phosphate mining operations tearing the tops off mountains in Southeast Idaho and the cutthroat trout streams that I used to fish being degraded with selenium from mining operations.
The Clinton Administration protected 9 million acres of roadless areas in Idaho in 2001.
The rule protects Idaho wilds from most road-building, mining and logging. The policy affects U.S. Forest Service-managed roadless lands, which are outside formally designated wilderness areas.
The Bush Administration's proposal basically will give Idaho's roadless areas away to industry or the highest bidder.
Idaho's wildlands are in danger.
I think industry will win out and Idahoans will be the losers under the Bush plan.
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