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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feedback sought on Boise Foothills Management Plan

Friday, December 14, 2012

The public is invited to submit feedback online for an update of the Boise Foothills Management Plan. Input is due Dec. 28 for 8 sections of the plan.

ONLINE COMMENTS

Eight sections of the plan currently under review include: recreation, hunting & trapping, transportation, solid waste, cultural resources, grazing and visual resources.

The Boise Foothills Management Plan was completed in 2000. A collaboration of the City of Boise, Ada County, Boise County, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, the plan describes the location and importance of plants, wildlife, riparian corridors, soils, slopes, recreation and public open spaces. Goals and recommendations are outlined in the plan for long-term protection of each resource.

The review of the plan is being conducted in three phases. Public meetings and topics are:

Sept. 6, 2012 -- Water, soils, plant communities, weeds and wildlife.

Dec. 13, 2012 -- Recreation, hunting & trapping, transportation, solid waste, cultural resources, grazing and visual resources.

March 28, 2013 -- Funding, public involvement, environmental education, acquisition of open space, and public safety issues.

A timeline for the update process is available by clicking here.

Many of the recommendations of the 2000 plan have been implemented over the past decade. The plan laid the foundation for the Foothills Serial Levy ballot initiative in 2001. To see the Boise Foothills Management Plan, visit our website.

The updated plan is expected to be completed by early summer 2013.

If you are unable to attend and would like to provide input, please contact Julia Grant, Foothills Open Space Manager via email or 208-493-2533.

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