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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."