Boise National Forest officials hosting public meeting on foothills project

Posted at 7:20 AM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 09:20:06-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise National Forest is hosting a public meeting to discuss the proposed action for the Sinker Creek-Boise Ridge Forest Health Project today.

The project is located approximately 9 miles northeast of Boise on the Mountain Home Ranger District and was scoped to the public in August 2018 as two separate projects (the Sinker Creek project and the Boise Ridge project). Based on the comments received during scoping, the decision was made to combine the two projects into one project that will be analyzed using an Environmental Assessment (EA).

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the need for management activities in the project area and other changes that were also informed by comments received during scoping and additional field work.

“Improving the health of our forests is key to ensuring we have clean water, wildlife habitat, forest products, and recreation opportunities in the future,” said Mountain Home District Ranger Stephaney Kerley. “These projects are a significant step in the right direction toward achieving that goal and ensuring our forests are more resilient to future disturbances like wildfire and insect and disease outbreaks.”

Detailed information and maps can be found here. Thursday's meeting is happening from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Collister Library on West State Street in Boise.

The North Pioneer Fire Salvage and Reforestation Project decision signed in 2017 recommended this treatment to provide for public safety and reduce future maintenance needs over multiple years by forest personnel.

For more information about the project, please contact Joshua Newman, Project Team Leader, at 208-559-3087.