New data shows virtually no support for Economic Development and Recreation Act in Custer and Lemhi Counties

News release from Idaho Recreation Council

Boise, Idaho (August 9, 2007)  New research in Custer and Lemhi Counties shows that 83% of the citizens of those two counties oppose the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (CIEDRA), also known as the Boulder White Clouds Wilderness Bill, according to Chris Cook, a member of the Idaho Recreation Council's (IRC) Steering Committee.

 "We had the sense that there was strong local concern about this Wilderness proposal, but we were shocked with the overwhelming opposition and especially the intensity of the opposition," said Cook.  "The people who are most affected by this bill, the citizens of Custer and Lemhi counties, have spoken very clearly on this issue and they don't want more wilderness in their backyard."

 The poll was conducted by the highly respected Tarrance Group based in Alexandria, Virginia.  The firm has a long history of accurately gauging public opinion and campaign outcomes in Idaho.  The data is the results of surveys with 400 registered "likely" voters in Custer and Lemhi Counties on July 31-August 1, 2007.

 "Congressman Simpson has stated that he has support at the local level for this legislation, yet one of the most substantial pieces of research ever done in the region by  one of the best pollsters in the country shows that the local community opposes the bill or any other wilderness designation in their counties," Cook added.

 In answering the polling question "Do you favor or oppose this CIEDRA proposal?" 83% opposed CIEDRA and 70% strongly opposed the measure, a sign of the intensity of displeasure with the proposed legislation.  Only 10% supported and 7% were unsure or did not respond.

 Cook said he was hopeful that the local County Commissioners and Congressman Simpson would reconsider the legislation and find other ways to help the local economy.

 "The research shows that people want to recreate in a wide variety of ways in the Boulder White Clouds.  We believe that these recreation opportunities should continue and will enhance the economic base of these counties," Cook said.

 For more information about the poll or additional questions about CIEDRA and recreation, contact Sandra Mitchell at (208) 424-3870.



Press Release
Contact:  Sandra Mitchell, (208) 424-3870


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