Saturday, January 28th, 2023
Saturday, January 28th, 2023

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ID: Commission approves purchase of wildlife habitat tracts

Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday, November 10, authorized
the Fish and Game Department to pursue efforts to acquire 705 acres
of critical low-elevation mule deer, pronghorn and elk winter
habitat adjacent to the Boise River Wildlife Management Area and
Hammer Flat.

The property was previously platted for a subdivision of about
1,350 homes, known as “the Cliffs” in 2007, although no
improvements have been built.

Idaho Fish and Game’s Boise River 30,000-acre wildlife
management area borders this property to the north and east. This
property was previously presented to the commission in March of
2010. Acquisition cost is $4,230,000 of Bonneville Power
Administration wildlife mitigation funds. Payment in Lieu of Taxes
is estimated at $2,000 annually. Annual operating costs, also to be
paid from BPA mitigation funds, are estimated at $50,000.

The commission also authorized Fish and Game to pursue the
purchase of 138 acres of low-elevation mule deer winter habitat,
known as the Sandy Point-Krueger Tract, adjacent to Boise River WMA
and Hammer Flat. The property also provides fawning habitat for
pronghorn.

The property was platted into about 30 lots in the 1980s,
although no homes have been built. Idaho Fish and Game purchased 11
of the lots, about 166 acres, in 1999 .

Idaho Fish and Game’s Boise River 30,000-acre wildlife
management area borders this property to the north, west and
east.

Acquisition cost is $275,000 of BPA mitigation funds. PILT is
estimated at $500 annually and annual operating costs are estimated
at $7,500.

 

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