Conservation efforts in the Boise
Foothills increased after a two-year property tax known as the
Foothills Serial Levy was passed by 59% of Boise voters on May 22,
2001. The approval raised $10 million for conservation efforts in
the Boise Foothills. In 2002 and 2003, the City included the
two-year levy in property taxes for commercial, residential and
To manage the funds raised, the Foothills
Conservation Advisory Committee, consisting of 12 volunteer
citizens was appointed by the Mayor. Their mission is to " . . .
make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for permanent
protection of natural open space in the Boise Foothills, consistent
with the open space serial levy passed by the voters on May 22,
2001, and will work to ensure that the levy funds are spent
wisely." They meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 am
in the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center. This meeting is
open to the public and agendas and meeting minutes are posted on
the Boise Parks & Recreation web site. The city invested the
initial $10 million dollars and earned interest resulting in about
$11 million available for open space conservation efforts. In
2012, the City sold Hammer Flat to Idaho Department of Fish and
Game for $4.2 million to expand the Boise River Wildlife Management
Area. The monies replenished the Foothills Levy Fund.
Now in its twelfth year, the Foothills Program is proud to
report that using $13.4 million from the Foothills levy funds
10,750 acres of undeveloped foothills property have been protected
as public open space through acquisition, donation, conservation
easement, or land exchange. With approximately $1.8 million
remaining in the fund, efforts will continue to focus on protecting
critical habitat, riparian corridors, rare plants, historic sites,
and potential trail connections from east to west across the Boise
Reports and other documentation will provide additional details
into the conservation efforts of the Boise Foothills.
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