Stimpson Award Forum: with Honorees, Congressman Mike Simpson and ICL Director Rick Johnson
Friday, December 9, 2016, 11:45-1:15 pm
Boise Centre East, downtown Boise
Congressman Mike Simpson I Idaho Conservation League Director Rick Johnson
Watch the video that attendees viewed, which provides an overview of the steps that led to the creation of the Boulder White Clouds Wilderness. This is an excerpt from the Outdoor Idaho's hour long program, "Beyond the White Clouds".
A conservative Republican congressman and a prominent environmentalist who put aside their differences to become partners in passing a sweeping Idaho wilderness bill are the 2016 recipients of City Club of Boise's Dottie and Ed Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement.
Congressman Mike Simpson and ICL Director Rick Johnson will receive their award led an effort that involved many, collaborating over the course of 15 years to draft multiple wilderness proposals, build local consensus and then win national support. The bill creating three new wilderness areas totaling 275,665 acres passed Congress and was signed into law by President Obama in August 2015.
In selecting Simpson and Johnson, Boise City Club cited the risks the two men took with their reputations and careers in taking on a controversial and often unpopular project; standing up to opposition sometimes from even their own supporters; demonstrating courage in the face of those risks to do what they believed was right for Idaho; and creating a model for how Idahoans and Americans can find resolution on divisive environmental and political issues.
This forum, moderated by Bill Manny, will be held in the 4th floor ballroom in the new Boise Centre East. Parking is in nearby downtown garages. See HERE for location details and a map.
The program will begin at 11:50 am, with a segment of Idaho Public Television's brand new show about the Boulder White Cloud while guests enjoy a plated, served meal. When you register, please indicate your menu selection. If you have specific dietary needs, please contact City Club at 208-371-2221 or by email.
Congressman Mike Simpson and ICL Director Rick Johnson in the Boulder White Clouds, with Castle Peak in the background.
The formal presentation and program will begin at 12:15 pm. We will adjourn at 1:15 pm.
About our 2016 award winners
Congressman Mike Simpson was elected this week to his 10th term representing eastern Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District. Simpson was born in Burley, raised in Blackfoot and followed his father into dentistry. He was elected to the Blackfoot City Council in 1980 and to the Idaho Legislature in 1984, rising to become Idaho House speaker before his election to Congress in 1998.
Idaho Conservation League Director Rick Johnson worked first as an ICL volunteer and has been director of the group for more than 20 years, growing the nonprofit to a $1.9 million budget and a staff of 20. He grew up in upstate New York, and has worked as a forklift driver in a lumberyard and has run his own construction company. He says his work frequently takes him into the wilderness of Washington, D.C., as well as the wilderness of Idaho. He began working on protections for the Boulder and White Cloud mountains in 1983.