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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch today announced that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining will hold a hearing on S. 583, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act, commonly known as the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill, later this month in Washington, D.C. This legislation is the companion to a bill authored by Congressman Mike Simpson in the House of Representatives.

 The hearing will take place on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. MDT. Idahoan witnesses are expected to testify, as will a witness from the administration.

 “I am glad to announce that the Senate subcommittee of jurisdiction will hold a hearing on this bill that is so important to so many Idahoans,” said Risch. “Through a truly collaborative effort, Congressman Simpson has crafted this legislation that is truly an Idaho bill. I look forward to discussing it further with my colleagues on the Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining in the coming weeks.”