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Michael K. Simpson

Obama designates new Idaho wilderness area

WASHINGTON Calling it "a remarkable area," President Barack Obama on Friday signed legislation creating three new wilderness regions in Idaho, enveloping nearly 275,665 acres of federal land under what the White House says is the strongest level of protection that can be given to public land. The designation for the wilderness land in the Boulder-White Clouds region comes after years of advocacy by environmentalists and a decade-long push by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, who attended the bill signing at the White House. "I am grateful to President Obama for his signature on this important legislation and humbled by the tireless work of countless Idahoans that led to its...