The Idaho departments of Fish and Game and Parks and Recreation
are seeking public comments on a proposal to exchange 45 acres of
the 34,000 acre Boise River Wildlife Management Area for 180 acres
of private land nearby owned by the Harris Family LTD
Adjacent urban activities have affected big game winter use of
the 45 acre parcel. The replacement 180 acres, about a mile away,
is more secluded big game winter range. Its acquisition by Fish and
Game would enlarge the Boise River Wildlife Management Area,
connect an isolated 80-acre Fish and Game parcel to the rest of the
wildlife management area and would prevent development in critical
big game winter range.
The 180 acres to be acquired by Fish and Game would become part
of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area. Public use of the
Homestead Trail, part of the public Ridge-to-Rivers trail system,
would continue to be managed by Fish and Game on the 45 acre parcel
after it is exchanged to Harris.
Because the 45 acres was purchased with federal Land and Water
Conservation Funds in 1964, the “conversion and replacement” land
requires National Park Service approval and an environmental
assessment of the proposed land exchange.
Fish and Game and Parks and Recreation are requesting public
comments on the environmental assessment, which is available for
review online at
Public comments will be accepted from December 15 through
February 15, 2012. Comments will be submitted to the National Park
Service along with the Fish and Game and Parks “conversion and
E-mail comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail them to:
IDFG-Harris Land Exchange, c/o John Caywood, 8864 Kiowa Drive,
Boise ID 83709.
For further information contact John Caywood, exchange
coordinator at 208-761-8845 or at email@example.com.