View a photograph of Castle Peak in Idaho. Students learn how legislature has helped protect lands like the peak from human development. Students discuss the significance of environment protection laws.
Standard: 4.5: Build an understanding of comparative government. Identify the people and groups who make, apply, and enforce laws within state and tribal governments.
Project the following image. Explain that Castle Peak is 11,815 feet (3,601 m) above sea level and is the highest peak in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho. Castle Peak is part of Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
[Source: Roy Luck https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Castle_Peak_ID.jpg]
Distribute the handout of select parts of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act for students to read. Explain that this Act’s goal is to preserve some federal land in central Idaho as wilderness areas and components of the National Wilderness Preservation System, which means that the land cannot be developed into homes or businesses.
Have students discuss the significance of the law that protects this huge region of wilderness in central Idaho. Who and what does the law protect?
Expand the lesson (30 minutes):
Have students deliver a speech that attempts to convince people to protect the wilderness area and why it may be important to have a law passed that does this. They should include reasons for protecting the region and what a protected wilderness area contributes to the state of Idaho and its people.
For the full text of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act, click here.