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Friday
Sep262014

40+ businesses show support for Boulder-White Clouds National Monument

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
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Media contact: Steve Stuebner, 208-484-0295 mobile, sstuebner@cableone.net

40+ businesses put up Boulder-White Clouds national monument
window clings as part of National Public Lands Day

On Saturday, Sept. 27th, Americans will celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) with a plethora of activities and events to underscore the importance of our public lands. Business supporters of the Boulder-White Clouds National Monument are celebrating NPLD by putting up Boulder-White Clouds National Monument window clings in their business fronts in Boise and the Ketchum-Sun Valley area to show their support for the monument.

More than 40 Idaho businesses are now supporting the Boulder-White Clouds National Monument campaign, including Oliver Russell, Flying M coffee house, Boise Bicycle Project, Idaho Mountain Touring and EKC Construction in Boise, and Sawtooth Brewery, Sturtevants, Backwoods Mountain Sports, and the Elephant's Perch in Ketchum.

Idaho business owners are calling on President Obama to designate the Boulder-White Clouds -- the largest pristine roadless area in the continental U.S. -- as a national monument. The area represents one of the last, best wild places in North America.

 

Olin Glenne, owner of Sturtevants in Sun Valley,

poses by his front door with a Boulder White Clouds window cling.

"I'm a huge fan of the national monument," said Andy Munter, owner of Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum. "I'm a big believer that protecting wild lands, protecting wild animals and protecting wild fish will add great value to the whole area. My experience is, the more we protect wild places, the economy gets improved in a variety of ways -- people move in, they start new businesses here, and that creates more jobs for the economy."

An economic study commissioned by the Idaho Outdoor Business Council showed that creation of a Boulder-White Clouds Monument could generate up to 155 new jobs, increase visitor spending by 10 to 33 percent, and pump $3.7 million to $12.3 million into the local economy.

"As a member of the Idaho Outdoor Business Council, I see the monument as being a positive driver for increased tourism and economic development," says Chris Haunold, owner of Idaho Mountain Touring in Boise. "The monument would benefit outdoor retail stores in Stanley and the Wood River Valley, but it also would have a very positive impact in the Boise market, supplying gear for locals and tourists to prepare for a big trip in the Boulder-White Clouds as well as hotels, restaurants, car rental and shuttle services -- to name just a few. This is a place that folks get excited about because it's so spectacular and fun to experience."

"I think the monument would benefit all of the communities around the boundaries of the area," said Olin Glenne, owner of Sturtevants of Sun Valley. "I think it would help our business. Ketchum is hard place to get to, and it would help raise awareness and push more traffic our way, which would be a great thing for the Central Idaho economy overall."

Glenne likes the flexibility of a monument, which would allow existing recreation uses to continue, including mountain biking. Sturtevants operates a bike shuttle service for mountain bikers to experience the Castle Divide Trail, a scenic and challenging 22-mile ride that traverses the White Cloud Mountains from west to east.

"The mountain biking adds an awesome, inspirational value to the monument," Glenne says. "The trail quality is amazing. To pedal up these trails to reach these high mountain passes and lakes at 10,000 feet is pretty unique. It's an experience rarely found anywhere else."

Boulder White Clouds window clings are going up on store fronts

in Idaho this week as part of  National Public Lands Day.

Tuesday
May202014

Statement of Support - Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

NEWS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Bob Rosso, owner, Elephant's Perch, Ketchum, 208-726-3497

 

BOISE - Officials with the Idaho Outdoor Business Council are pleased to hear that President Obama will be creating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico on Wednesday of this week, and IOBC encourages the Obama administration to designate the Boulder-White Clouds area as the next, best monument opportunity in America.


President Obama is expected to sign a proclamation creating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument on Wednesday, according to USA Today.

 

"Creating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will put the new national monument on the map, boosting tourism and creating new spinoff jobs," said Bob Rosso, owner of the Elephant's Perch in Ketchum. "According to the experts, the monument will create an estimated $7.4 million in new economic activity."

 

IOBC officials support the creation of a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument to protect the world-class ecological values and outdoor recreation opportunities in the 592,000-acre area. An economic study showed that creation of a Boulder-White Clouds monument could generate 47-155 new jobs and boost the four-county Central Idaho economy by a range of $3.7 million to $12.3 million.

 

"We would expect to see a similar economic bump as they forecast in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks monument area," Rosso said.

 

The economic forecast would be derived from a 10-33 percent increase in public visitation because of the National Monument "brand" effect, drawing regional and national travelers to the area to experience the new monument, said IOBC's economist, Don Reading of Ben Johnson & Associates.

 

The monument's creation also could potentially draw the owners of small businesses to Central Idaho because of the outstanding amenities in the Boulder-White Clouds and surrounding area, Reading said. He called this the "second paycheck" effect. The increase in new residents would cause a $436 increase in per capita income for every 10,000 acres of newly protected lands, Reading said.

 

"The creation of a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument would enhance the economy of Central Idaho and help put us on the map," Rosso said. "We invite the Obama administration to come visit and tour this world-class area to see why folks in Idaho are so excited about preserving it as a national monument."

Tuesday
Mar182014

Statement of Support for Boulder-White Clouds Mountain Bike Agreement

NEWS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
March 11, 2014
www.idahooutdoorbusinesscouncil.org

KETCHUM, Idaho -- An historic agreement released today by conservation and recreation groups shows broadening support for a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument, and highlights both a process and protections that members of the Idaho Outdoor Business Council wholeheartedly support.

The Wood River Bicycle Coalition, International Mountain Bike Association, Idaho Conservation League and The Wilderness Society recognize that conservation and human-powered recreation go hand-in-hand, and are moving forward together to ensure that this amazing landscape remains pristine and recreational experiences unhindered well into the future.

Members of the Idaho Outdoor Business Council fully support this agreement to protect wilderness character and mountain biking because our member-businesses rely on access to high-quality outdoor recreation. The Boulder-White Clouds offer this opportunity in spades for a variety of recreational pursuits including mountain biking, backcountry skiing, hiking and backpacking.

This is a solid step forward in advancing a vision for a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument that is driven by Idahoans, recognizes existing uses, and is a valuable example of what we can accomplish by working collaboratively to shape the protection of this iconic landscape. Simply put, this agreement is good for the landscape, good for recreation, and good for our businesses.

Monday
Nov182013

Study: Boulder-White Clouds National Monument would create up to 155 new jobs, increase economic output by $12.3 million

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

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Media contact: Steve Stuebner, 208-484-0295 mobile, sstuebner@cableone.net

Study: Boulder-White Clouds National Monument would create
up to 155 new jobs, increase economic output by $12.3 million

KETCHUM, Idaho – The establishment of  a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument would create 47-155 new jobs and increase the economic output of a four-county area in Central Idaho by $3.7 million to $12.3 million, according to a new economic study authored by Don Reading, Ph.D., of Ben Johnson Associates.

Reading calculated the forecast using two economic models, based on a projected increase in public visitation of the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains and a proportional increase in public expenditures, ranging from 10 percent to 33 percent, he said Monday. 

The designation of a Boulder-White Clouds monument would cause not only a boost in public visitation, but also potentially draw new people to move to Blaine, Butte, Custer and Camas counties. Reading calls this positive economic impact a "second-paycheck" impact for Central Idaho. The second-paycheck effect could amount to a $436 increase in per capita income for every 10,000 acres of newly protected lands, Reading said.

"The four-county area has the potential to benefit greatly from amenity migration over the long run, bringing new businesses and residents to the area with key services like broadband Internet and air transportation readily available in Hailey and Idaho Falls," Reading said.

"The Boulder-White Clouds are a national treasure, and they deserve to be protected as a national monument, so it should come as no surprise that "the brand" of a national monument would boost the status of the area, increase visitation and create more economic growth in Central Idaho," said Bob Rosso, owner of the Elephant's Perch in Ketchum. "That's a positive thing for our local economy. But this is going to be moderate growth, not a huge influx of people, but a moderate increase over time."

The IOBC, along with the Idaho Conservation League, the Wilderness Society and the Outdoor Alliance, support the creation of a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument via the Antiquities Act to protect the area's world-class ecological and recreation values. More than 10 in-state and national groups now are endorsing the monument campaign. 

In terms of job-creation, Reading said the jobs would range from service-industry jobs, professional services jobs such as accountants, lawyers, financial analysts, medical professionals and more.

"These would not all be low-wage service jobs," he said. "Many are going to be those amenity-migrants who work in high-skill professions whether that is business, law, technology or similar."

In the 21-page study, commissioned by the Idaho Outdoor Business Council, Reading said the Boulder-White Clouds area was unique among recently designated new monuments in that it would be one of the largest monuments in the nation, and it's somewhat unusual in that it already enjoys a level of protection as being part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. .

"This study has been challenging since the national monument is just a proposal at this point and a boundary hasn’t been set in stone,” Reading noted.  His figures were based on negotiations at the time the study was done, which put the monument proposal at approximately 571,276 acres.  This includes BLM land west of Challis in the Jerry Peak Roadless Area that lies outside the Sawtooth NRA.

Overall, in a survey conducted by Bozeman, Mont.-based Headwaters Economics, the local economies affected by the designation of 17 new national monuments since 1982 have all shown positive effects, Reading said.

The economic study draws on several studies of the economic impact of protected lands, both in visitor expenditures and "second-paycheck" growth. Studies of visitors and visitor spending have generally used the input-output model, while second-paycheck studies have looked at the before-and-after picture at existing national monuments. Reading used both methodologies because both impact the economy.   

IOBC Boulder-White Clouds Fact Sheet

IOBC Boulder-White Clouds Economic Study

About Idaho Outdoor Business Council: The Idaho Outdoor Business Council is a statewide coalition of 40 businesses and recreation groups dedicated to preserving and promoting Idaho’s spectacular wildlands, lakes and rivers. IOBC also seeks to educate public officials on conservation measures and public lands funding initiatives as drivers for Idaho’s outdoor recreation economy and quality of life. Visithttp://www.idahooutdoorbusinesscouncil.org/

Thursday
Feb142013

Outdoor recreation in Idaho supports 77,000 jobs, $6.3 billion in annual sales, according to new Outdoor Industry Association report

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013
NEWS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Stuebner, 208-484-0295 mobile, sstuebner@cableone.net

Outdoor recreation in Idaho supports 77,000 jobs, $6.3 billion in annual sales, according to new Outdoor Industry Association report

BOISE -- Here's a valentine for Idaho's economy: Outdoor recreation creates more than 77,000 jobs, $6.3 billion in consumer spending, $1.8 billion in wages and $461 million in state and local tax revenue,  according to a new report from the Outdoor Industry Association released today.

The association released a state-by-state economic impact analysis of the outdoor recreation industry following a national report from last summer, indicating the industry is "an overlooked economic giant." The report found that Americans spend approximately $646 billion on outdoor recreation each year, twice as much as they spend on cars or pharmaceuticals.

Officials with the Idaho Outdoor Business Council (IOBC), a new coalition of businesses and recreation groups in the state, said they hope that Idaho's elected leaders take note of the outdoor industry's economic impact and take steps to nurture it.   

"Idaho has many world-class recreation areas -- mountains, rivers and desert canyons -- that draw people to the state from throughout the world. That's good for Idaho's recreation economy," says Mike Lanza, an IOBC member, outdoor author and blogger in Boise and the Northwest editor for Backpacker magazine. "When people come here to experience these places, they spend money on new gear for the trip as well as on food and lodging."

"Easy and convenient access to Idaho's public lands, such as hiking and biking trails in the Boise Foothills or going rafting on the Payette River make it nearly effortless to engage in outdoor recreation," adds Chris Callanan, marketing director for AIRE, a whitewater rafting manufacturer in Meridian. "It's important to protect and enhance these resources because they're getting more popular all the time."

How do the economic impact numbers for outdoor recreation compare? The 77,000 jobs make up 13 percent of Idaho's total jobs (611,700), and $1.8 billion in wages is 8 percent of the state's total ($22 billion), according to the Idaho Department of Labor. Outdoor recreation's job numbers compare favorably to the retail sector in Idaho, which has 76,700  jobs, and the job numbers exceed that of agriculture (22,500 jobs), education (55,500 jobs) and professional services (31,000).

Idahoans have great access to public lands and waters, in part, because of common sense programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which uses a small percentage of fees paid by oil and gas companies to help preserve our national parks and forests, and open space in communities across the country. Over the last 40 years, these funds have protected valuable places such as the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the famed Salmon River - River of No Return, and the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area near Kuna.

LWCF state assistance grants have provided funding for hundreds of state and local parks across Idaho including the Boise Greenbelt, Wood River Trails, Coeur d’Alene’s Tubbs Hill and Sandpoint’s City Beach. Those grants are a wise investment that boost Idaho's recreation economy, IOBC officials said.  

Preservation of prime wildlife habitat in Idaho, particularly in pristine roadless lands and established wilderness areas, is a sound investment in Idaho's recreation-based economy as well, officials said.

IOBC officials praised Congressman Mike Simpson for supporting common-sense conservation programs like LWCF and the Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness. "We appreciate Simpson's support for much-needed conservation funding and the Boulder-White Clouds," Lanza said. "These are initiatives that improve our quality of life and protect world-class lands and resources."

The outdoor recreation economic impact numbers were calculated by Southwick Associates, a research firm that specializes in shooting sports, hunting, angling, natural resource and environmental economics.

Idaho Outdoor Recreation Economy Fact Sheet - OIA    

About Idaho Outdoor Business Council: The Idaho Outdoor Business Council is a statewide coalition of member businesses and recreation groups dedicated to preserving and promoting Idaho’s spectacular wild lands and waters, and to educating public officials on conservation measures and public lands funding initiatives as drivers for Idaho’s outdoor recreation economy and quality of life. Visit idahooutdoorbusinesscounil.org.

About the Outdoor Industry Association: Based in Boulder, Colo., the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA supports the growth and success of more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives, and retailers of outdoor recreation apparel, footwear, equipment and services. For more information, go to outdoorindustry.org or call 303.444.3353.

Thursday
Oct112012

Idaho voters agree: No budget cuts for conservation funding

NEWS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cailin O’Brien-Feeney, 208-336-4203, x4 and info@idahooutdoorbusinesscouncil.org

BOISE, Idaho -- (Oct. 11, 2012) -- A new statewide public opinion poll shows that three in four Idahoans think that even with federal budget problems, funding for conservation and basic environmental protections should not be cut. The poll, conducted by Moore Information, revealed nearly unanimous agreement among Idaho voters that it is possible to have a balance between a healthy economy, with good jobs and the protection of our natural environment.

"Idaho voters widely agree that ‘Even with federal budget problems, funding to safeguard land, air and water should not be cut.’ This sentiment is consistent throughout the state, among men and women of all ages, regardless of political party affiliation or ideology” said Bob Moore, President of Moore Information, the firm commissioned by the Idaho Outdoor Business Council to conduct the poll.

At a time when so many issues are polarizing, this poll shows strong consensus among Idahoans that public lands play in important role in our heritage and in our future. "The health of my business is directly tied to our customers having access to healthy lands, waters and snowscapes,” said IOBC member Chris Haunold, owner of Idaho Mountain Touring in Boise. "It’s encouraging to see so many Idahoans agree it’s important to protect these amenities, both for our quality of life and for a healthy economy."

Among the poll’s key findings:

  • 97% say our public lands are an essential part of Idaho’s quality of life
  • When asked about the role of recreational activities on our public lands – including forests, national parks, monuments and wildlife areas – 92% agree that outdoor recreation is an essential part of Idaho’s economy. This echoes a finding from the national Outdoor Industry Association that the active outdoor recreation economy in Idaho supports 37,000 jobs and produces $2.2 billion annually in services and retail sales
  • Four out of five Idahoan’s participated in some form of outdoor activity in the last year – with camping, hiking, hunting and fishing being the most popular – and 87% think preserving Idaho’s roadless areas is critical to maintaining hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation opportunities important to our way of life
  • 79% support full funding for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program that has invested almost $200 million into the state’s public lands and recreation resources since it was enacted in 1965. The LWCF is a bipartisan commitment to safeguard natural areas, funded by excise taxes on offshore oil and gas exploration. Three in ten voters are aware of LWCF, with support for full LWCF funding reaching 79% after a brief description.
  • The majority of Idaho voters, 52%, agree that preservation of public lands creates jobs. This includes land preserved as national parks, national monuments, wildlife refuges and state or local parks. Only 10% think having these kinds of lands costs jobs.
  • 73% agree that protecting and preserving our national public lands heritage is something the federal government does well.

"Idaho voters widely agree Idaho's public lands and natural environment are important to quality of life in the state and voters also place significant importance on Idaho's natural environment as it relates to economic issues…regardless of political party affiliation,” said Bob Moore, President of Moore Information. This sentiment solidifies what members of the Idaho Outdoor Business Council have long known – that outdoor opportunities are essential to Idaho’s prosperity, and that their businesses rely on strong support for conservation and public lands measures at the local, state and federal levels. With so many divisive issues in the current political climate, this is one Idahoans can agree on.

Poll Background

Conducted by Moore Information, the poll is a representative sample of 400 voters in Idaho. Telephone interviews were conducted by landline and cell phone using live interviewers, August 3-5, 2012. Potential sampling error is plus or minus 5% at the 95% confidence interval. The poll was commissioned by the Idaho Outdoor Business Council.

Idaho Voters and Public Lands Issues Poll - One Pager

Idaho Voters and Public Lands Issues Poll - Full Results

About the Idaho Outdoor Business Council:

The Idaho Outdoor Business Council is a statewide coalition of member businesses and recreation groups dedicated to preserving and promoting Idaho’s spectacular wild lands and waters, and to educating public officials on conservation measures and public lands funding initiatives as drivers for Idaho’s outdoor recreation economy and quality of life. Visit idahooutdoorbusinesscounil.org.

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Wednesday
Sep262012

Business owners: Outdoor recreation, public lands essential to Idaho's economy 

NEWS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cailin O’Brien-Feeney, 208-336-4203, x4 and info@idahooutdoorbusinesscouncil.org

BOISE, Idaho -- (Sept. 26, 2012) -- In a new statewide public opinion poll, 92 percent of Idaho voters agree that recreational activities in our forests, wildlife areas and parks are an "essential part of Idaho's economy." This poll was released today by the Idaho Outdoor Business Council (IOBC), a statewide coalition of outdoor recreation businesses including retail outlets, outfitters and manufacturers.

Conducted by Moore Information, the poll is a representative sample of 400 voters in Idaho, and has a +/- 5 percent margin of error.

The poll also found that 95 percent of Idaho voters agree it is possible to have a balance between a healthy economy with good jobs and the protection of our natural environment. The poll echoes a finding from the national Outdoor Industry Association, which found that Idaho's active outdoor recreation economy supports 37,000 jobs and produces $2.2 billion annually in retail sales and services across the state.

"The health of my business is directly tied to our customers having access to healthy lands, waters and snowscapes,” said IOBC member Chris Haunold, owner of Idaho Mountain Touring in Boise. "It’s encouraging to see so many Idahoans agree it’s important to protect these amenities, both for our quality of life and for a healthy economy."

The poll also gauged public opinions about conservation funding and support for protecting Idaho's roadless areas. Eighty-seven percent agree that "preserving Idaho's roadless areas is critical to maintaining hunting, fishing and other recreational opportunities that are important to our way of life."

Results showed broad support for conservation, specifically the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program that has invested $190 million into Idaho’s public lands and recreation resources since it was created in 1964. The poll found that general awareness of LWCF was low with only one in three Idahoans being aware of the program. However, after hearing the following description, 79 percent supported full funding. LWCF description used in the poll: “As you may know, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is a non-taxpayer funded federal program created in 1964 by Congress that uses a portion of offshore drilling fees already being paid to the government by oil and gas companies, to pay for conservation of natural areas, wildlife habitat and clean water and providing access to outdoor recreation. Some examples of Land and Water Conservation Fund projects in Idaho include Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the Middle Fork Salmon Wild and Scenic River and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. After hearing this, do you support or oppose full funding of Land and Water Conservation Fund projects throughout the country?”

Idaho Voters and Public Lands Issues Poll - One Pager

Idaho Voters and Public Lands Issues Poll - Full Results

About the Idaho Outdoor Business Council:

The Idaho Outdoor Business Council is a coalition of businesses and recreation groups dedicated to preserving and promoting Idaho’s spectacular wild lands and waters and to educating public officials as to the importance of conservation measures and public lands funding initiatives as drivers for Idaho’s outdoor recreation economy and quality of life. Visit idahooutdoorbusinesscouncil.org to learn more.

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