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Playing Outdoors notebook: Forest project planned at Bogus Basin

The Boise National Forest proposes to remove some trees and plant new ones to improve forest health at Bogus Basin.
The Boise National Forest proposes to remove some trees and plant new ones to improve forest health at Bogus Basin. ccripe@idahostatesman.com

The Boise National Forest is planning a forest-health improvement project near Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.

Planners are seeking public input for the Bogus Basin Forest Health Project. The project covers about 3,700 acres in and around the ski area.

The project will address public-safety concerns while improving forest health and resilience to wildland fires.

The project will be introduced at an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Boise Senior Center (690 Robbins Road).

“We are supportive of the effort to maintain the long-term health of the forest,” said John Hart, the marketing director at Bogus Basin. “The Forest Service will be removing many sick and dead trees and planting new ones. Consideration is being taken to maintain the aesthetic value of the forest near the recreation area. Bogus Basin users may notice the thinner tree areas and a few zones of off-piste skiing could be temporarily closed to allow newly planted trees to take root. Summer users may be impacted by the presence of logging trucks on the road once the cutting begins.”

Fish and Game holds firm on auction tags

The back and forth between Idaho Fish and Game and the Legislature continues. Fish and Game commissioners decided Thursday not to offer more big-game tags for auction. Fish and Game has auctioned one bighorn sheep tag annually since 1988.

Some in the Legislature would like to see that program expand. The Legislature in 2012 gave Fish and Game authority to auction up to 12 big-game tags. Fish and Game hasn’t used any of the additional tags — and that has led to the possibility of legislation that would force the organization to offer the tags.

— Fish and Game seeks input on future waterfowl season dates. Take the survey here.

The $1,000 trout

Hagerman rancher Scott Reali and his 15-year-old daughter won $1,000 through an Idaho Power contest for anglers who catch a jaw-tagged trout in the Snake River and report information about the catch to the company.

The Realis caught several of the tagged fish at the Lower Salmon Falls boat docks in January.

“I’ll use some of the money to pay for my daughter’s driver’s-ed classes,” Reali said in an Idaho Power press release. “And I’ll probably get some new fishing tackle.”

Anglers are asked to call 800-388-6011 (toll free) and report catching a tagged fish, along with where and when the fish was caught. That makes the angler eligible for a cash prize by random drawing.

SNRA campgrounds open for anglers

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area has opened campgrounds along the Salmon River to meet demand created by steelhead fishing season. Mormon Bend and Salmon River campgrounds, which are downriver from Stanley, are close to popular fishing spots. They’re available for an overnight fee of $5. Restrooms are open but there is no water or trash service.

SNRA officials hope the campground availability will prevent people from parking camp trailers in roadside pullouts.

For additional information, contact the Stanley Ranger Station, 208-774-3000.

Nominate your favorites for Best of Treasure Valley

Our annual best-of contest is taking nominations. Outdoors-related categories include best dog park, best golf course, best ski area, best bike shop, best sporting goods/outdoor gear store, best picnic spot, best place to camp, best place to hike, best place to mountain bike and best public park.

‘Pick up the poop’ aims to clean trails

Team Eastside Cycles, Habitat Veterinary Hospital and Boise Parks and Rec are partnering on a “pick up the poop” event Saturday. They’ll work from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Camel’s Back Park, Hulls Gulch Reserve and the Old Penitentiary trailhead area.

Sign up here if you want to help.


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