2014 Interagency Foothills Management Plan

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A Plan for Public Open Space Lands in the Boise Foothills  

A Patchwork of Lands Supporting Resources that Benefit the Whole Community

The Foothills that rise above Boise offer a remarkable resource: a natural area supporting “out the backdoor” recreational access, abundant wildlife, intact ecosystems, and the distinctive open space backdrop to the Treasure Valley’s bustling, growing city life.  The Foothills Management Area contains a mix of public and private lands. Of the 85,000 total acres, 43,000 acres are public, managed by seven different public land managers, including the 180+ miles of trails in the Ridge to Rivers trails system.

What Lands Are Affected? (Click image to expand)

FOSMP Area Map

The Interagency Plan – Who? Why?

In 1999, public land agencies who own and manage land in the Foothills signed a Memorandum of Understanding that launched the 2000 Public Land Open Space Management Plan for the Boise Foothills. The entities below are now working to finish the update of the 2000 plan, with the goal of working together to sustain and enhance Foothills resource values.

  • City of Boise
  • Ada County
  • Boise County
  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  • U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Private landowners

The current update process began in 2012, and has been shaped by an active public engagement process, including 3 public open houses to date and online comment periods that led to more than 500 comments on the draft.

What Has Been Accomplished since the 2000 Plan?

The Plan sets out broad collaborative goals and recommendations that set the stage for more specific implementation actions. Of the 188 general recommendations in 2000 plan; more than half have been accomplished, and some are pretty major! Examples include:

  • Foothills Serial Levy – $10 million in voter approved funds to protect Foothills open space
  • Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center – a collaborative public environmental education center
  • Protecting almost 7,000 acres of public lands through creative, multi-partner land exchanges
  • Infrastructure development – a variety of new trailheads and trail-user amenities

The Interagency Management Plan – What it is/What it is not

The Interagency Plan is not a regulatory document. Instead it provides shared broad goals, objectives and recommendations, to help public land managers align their separate missions and work collaboratively. The need for interagency planning and communication is ongoing – the interagency plan is a “living document” that will be updated as needed in the future to respond to new challenges and opportunities.

How Does this Interagency Plan Relate to other Past and Future Plans?

This Interagency Plan sets the broad context for more detailed, site- and topic-specific plans be developed by partner agencies. These include IDFG’s Boise River Wildlife Management Plan, the City of Boise’s Open Space Reserves Plan, just beginning this fall, and a 2015 Ridge to Rivers Trails Plan.