A team made up of four Idaho Conservation League staff and two central Idaho wilderness steward volunteers installed new signs Oct. 6-8 at six spots along the White Clouds Wilderness boundary reflecting the area’s name change to the Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness. Above are Central Idaho wilderness steward Don Weber, ICL Central Idaho Conservation Associate Josh Johnson and ICL Central Idaho Director Betsy Mizell. Mizell helped collect the $8,000 raised by Craig Gehrke of the Wilderness Society and Andy Brunelle, a Gov. Andrus staffer from 1988 to 1995, to make more than a dozen signs. According to the ICL, the new name of the wilderness area was championed by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and officially changed by Congress in 2018 to honor the late former Idaho Gov. and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Andrus. But the Forest Service, given its tight budget and backlogged work schedule, did not have the funds or labor to make and install signs with the new name.
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