Idaho Fish and Game hosting informational meeting on Fort Boise WMA Wetland Project

Public comments being accepted on project's scope
Posted at 8:58 AM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 10:58:03-04

BOISE, Ida. — Idaho Fish and Game officials are set to host an informational meeting Tuesday night, discussing the goals of a large-scale wetland habitat project planned for portions of the Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area. The WMA is located near Parma.

Some of the over-arching goals include improved water management, increased waterfowl hunting opportunity and enhanced waterfowl habitat. The multi-faceted wetland project at the popular recreation area is the result of grant funding received by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

WMA users have the opportunity to assist with prioritizing the long list of WMA ponds to be improved during the project, tentatively slated for completion in the fall of 2020.

On Tuesday, August 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., an informational meeting to review project scope will be held at the new Fish and Game Southwest Region office in Nampa. An open house session will follow, with attendees given the opportunity to discuss project components in greater detail with staff and to complete a survey outlining which areas of the WMA should receive project priority.

More information regarding the project can be found here. The project survey is available for viewing and completion here.

The project calls for improvements to Swan, Redhead, Mallard, Whitefront, Sedge, Wood Duck and Pintail Ponds. Specific project goals include independent water delivery to each pond, increasing the number of outlet structures, installation of flow measurement devices, removal of sediment and vegetation and widening of existing dikes from eight feet to 12 feet.

Individuals with disabilities may request meeting accommodations by contacting Teri Mattulat at the Fish and Game Nampa office (208-465-8465) or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-3529 (TDD).