Conservation in and around Boise

The Nature Conservancy in Idaho supports the continued conservation of the Boise Foothills for people and nature.

As the population of the Treasure Valley grows, the importance of the Foothills as home to unique flora and fauna, and open space for people to enjoy, becomes increasingly critical. It is here that the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem of the Columbia Plateau meets the forested ecosystem of the Middle Rockies. The largest mule deer herd in the state spends the winters here. Rare plants – some found nowhere else on Earth – grow along the ridges.

Voters like you have made the conservation of the Boise Foothills possible. The 2001 Foothills Serial Levy allowed the City of Boise to acquire over 10,763 acres of open space and manage these natural areas for wildlife, clean water supplies and as places where children and families can enjoy the outdoors.

We need your continued support to build on what we’ve accomplished together – to protect Boise’s quality of life, our open spaces and natural areas for everyone.

Take a look at the Conservancy’s work in the Boise Foothills and Treasure Valley:

  • Protected 136 acres of habitat near the Boise River Wildlife Management Area through the gift of a conservation easement. (2009)
  • Funded an interpretive sign trail, native plant landscaping and classroom materials at the Foothills Educational Learning Center in the Hulls Gulch Reserve. (2005)
  • Facilitated a land exchange that protected 1,928 acres of the Boise Front, east of Table Rock, as open space and wintering ground for deer and elk. The exchange increased the size of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area by 480 acres. (2003)
  • Helped develop the master plan for the Barber Pool Conservation Area. (2002)
  • Protected 300 acres of critical habitat between Highway 21 and Lucky Peak Reservoir in Ada County, about nine miles east of Boise in the Boise Foothills. (2002)
  • Protected several parcels of land in collaboration the Bureau of Land Management in the heart of the Birds of Prey National Conservation Area just south of Boise. More than 3,000 acres protected to date. (1978-2005)


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