After years advocating for the purchase of a 200-plus-acre parcel known as Hillside to the Hollow, Land Trust of the Treasure Valley donors ponied up close to $600,000 to buy a 59-acre sliver. For decades, the hill-studded landscape served as a refuge for urbanites: a place for hiking, biking and dog-walking. But plans to develop the area led citizens to rethink the value of open space--a prioritization that Land Trust of the Treasure Valley urged city leaders to take up as well. This year, they did. Leveraging the Land Trust's investment, city leaders allocated $1.9 million in funds from the 2001 Foothills Serial Levy and snapped up an additional 260 acres of property. More of the same? We'll take it.
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