Conservation efforts to ramp up in Boise

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 19:53:20-05

Interested in being part of a conservation effort in Boise?

Applications will soon be accepted for an "open space citizens" committee that's being formed.

There are only a handful of spots, anywhere from 7-9 people will serve on the committee.

The advisory committee members will meet at least four times a year. They'll provide the mayor and city council with input on future land purchases.

There is an application process, which includes interviews and city council approval.

They're looking for a diverse group with members living in all different parts of Boise, not just the foothills.

Public feedback has already been gathered through a recent process to lock in a reserve management plan.

"Through that reserve plan development process, our citizens told us they wanted to see more connections in between properties we have purchased and wanted to see more conservation of additional property as well," says Doug Holloway, Boise Parks & Recreation director.

The focus is on acquiring properties that will help conserve open space and to identify areas that could benefit from clean water projects.

Applications will be accepted starting in Feb.

Property will be acquired using funds from the foothills and Boise River levies.