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City of Boise Gifted Large Foothills Parcel for Wildlife Preservation


The City of Boise is set to receive a large parcel of land in the Boise Foothills—a parcel described by Boise Parks & Recreation Director Doug Holloway described as "a wildlife and vegetation refuge tucked away in the Foothills."

The parcel, almost 75 acres in size, was donated to the city by Terry Walther and Tracey Herrick, is located near Polecat Gulch Reserve off of Pierce Park Lane. Their donation was announced Oct. 1.

"This donation is important to our family because it continues a long tradition of preservation and appreciation for the Boise Foothills and what they mean to the City of Boise," wrote Walther in the release.

City leaders said the parcel adds to the approximately 12,000 acres of property in the Boise Foothills bought with Foothills Levy Funds. This latest acquisition has been earmarked for plant and wildlife preservation, and is noted for containing Aase's onions, a threatened plant. Though it's located near the Polecat Loop, a popular hiking and mountain biking trail, there are no plans currently to extend trail access into the land.

"It truly is a preservation donation at this point," Holloway said.

The Boise City Council will vote on approving the donation at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8.