The city of Boise is launching a "listening campaign" to find out what Boiseans think about long-term management of open space reserves such as Camel's Back and Hulls Gulch.
The campaign kicks off with a workshop from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. The workshop "is an interactive opportunity to weigh in on what you like about our reserve system today, and how it could be managed better for the future," according to a Boise Parks and Recreation news release.
The city is also soliciting comments at an online survey that will be available through Nov. 25.
"We are hoping to get as many responses as possible to get the most accurate depiction of public opinion about our open space reserves," according to the release. "Input from the public at the workshop, through the survey and by other means will significantly influence the development of the first-ever City of Boise Open Space Reserve Management Plan and will shape the nature of existing and future reserves in our community."
"Boise's Open Space Reserves are a diverse group of protected properties, each of which represents significant historical, ecological or cultural value to our community, and provide important recreation access. Together they form strong connections to our natural environment and are worthy of lasting conservation. Simply stated, our open space reserves are special places we go to reflect, to play, to learn, to live."
A serial levy that Boise voters passed in 2001 generated $10 million for protection of open space in the Foothills. Between purchases with that money, land donations, swaps and other acquisitions, the city has grown its reserve system to include 13 reserves totaling 4,000 acres.
"Unlike a traditional park system that is developed and regularly maintained, these open space reserves are areas of non-irrigated public land that receive only minimal infrastructural maintenance, which includes trail maintenance, habitat restoration and wildfire mitigation efforts, for example," according to the Parks and Recreation release. "While many of the City-owned reserves are located in the Boise foothills, some are outside the foothills area, too. Our online maps show the locations of all city-owned reserves, including Oregon Trail Reserve in Southeast Boise."
For more information about Boise’s reserve system, visit www.OpenSpaceMatters.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.