Boise & Garden City

First-ever comprehensive Boise Foothills trails analysis to kick off soon

The city of Boise, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Wells Fargo Bank are sharing the cost of an $85,000 study that will examine how many miles of trails the Boise Foothills should have and where they should be.

The BLM is contributing $36,000. Wells Fargo's share is $25,000. Boise will cover the roughly $24,000 balance. The City Council approved that expenditure at their meeting Tuesday.

This will be the first study of its kind, Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said. Consultant Agnew Beck recently finished a plan (starting on page 141 in this document) that serves as a high-level guide for overall management of Foothills property the city owns.

The trails study, which Agnew Beck also will conduct, will focus specifically on trails, but for all publicly owned land and easements in the Foothills. There are roughly 150— soon to be about 180 — miles of trails in the Foothills, Holloway said, and about two-thirds of them are on land managed by the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, Ada County, Idaho Fish and Game and Boise County.

"We're hoping that the result of this will be as much as a 10-year snapshot of where our trail system should be," Holloway said.

Holloway said the trails analysis should start in September and be complete within eight months. Throughout the process, he said, Agnew Beck will ask the public for its opinions. That outreach will come in the form of stakeholder meetings and other resident involvement.