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Recreation notebook

BOGUS BASIN DOING FEASIBILITY STUDY

The local nonprofit will spend the summer identifying “what is possible and why” for the mountain’s future. The recreation area, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2017, engaged industry veterans SE Group to conduct the study, which was made possible by a grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation and donations from the city of Boise and a private donor. The “Beyond 75” Feasibility Study will include an in-depth analysis of the current operations, market conditions and opportunities for enhancing customer experience. Public input is encouraged throughout the study, including through an online survey at bogusbasin.org, stakeholder meetings and public open house events planned for later this summer. The study is scheduled to be complete in October. For more information and to complete the survey, visit bogusbasin.org.

REDFISH LAKE ROAD UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Beginning June 22, construction will reduce the Redfish Lake Road to one lane of traffic. The road will be open for the Fourth of July weekend, then will be reduced to one lane for continued construction. For questions, call the Sawtooth National Forest at (208) 737-3200.

INSECTS IMPACTING FOREST PONDEROSA PINE

Western pine beetle and pine engraver beetle are actively infesting ponderosa pine trees across some areas of the Boise National Forest, according to officials. Aerial detection surveys conducted by the U.S. Forest Service have recorded a three-fold increase in ponderosa pine mortality with approximately 5,900 acres impacted. The majority of trees affected occurred west of High Valley, with pockets of infested trees also in the Sage Hen Reservoir area. Another area with an increase is Boise Basin in the vicinity of Placerville and Centerville.

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