Our guest post is written by a guy who describes himself as Lifetime Boise Resident and Spokesperson for the Idaho Hang Gliding Association
By JOHN KANGAS
Back in 2001 Boise voters passed a $10 million dollar open space serial levy to do five specific things. By statute, serial levies must do that which they say they will do. When we voted, our ballots stated that “approved levy funds will: Protect water quality; Preserve wildlife habitat; Provide increased recreational areas for walking, biking, and other outdoor activities; Limit overdevelopment and traffic; and Protect natural vegetation that prevents mudflows and washouts.”
This spring, Boise spent the last $4 million dollars of our trust fund buying the 700 acre Hammer Flats property including the Crow Gliding Area just above the Crow Inn.
Immediately and without any public meetings or input, the City announced that Hammer Flats would be managed by IDFG (Idaho Department of Fish and Game.) One IDFG manager was then quoted saying this about Hammer Flats, “if people are thinking in terms of additional recreational opportunities, they’re probably going to be disappointed.”
Some reports stated that no new trails and roads would be built. Other reports indicated that even existing roads and trails could be closed. One thing is for certain, our expectations and our open space is being spun by Boise City and the IDFG.
The Fish and Game mission statement reads “All wildlife…. shall be preserved, protected, perpetuated, and managed… for… continued supplies of such wildlife for hunting, fishing and trapping.” In other words, IDFG grows fish and animals so
they can be harvested. No mention of managing people and outdoor activities.
EDITOR NOTE — The GUARDIAN has filed a series of public records requests to determine if there is a plan or negotiations on the part of Boise City to sell, broker, exchange or act as the “banker” for a third party acquisition of the land. We have been promised the records by May 27. While we appreciate the original intent of the Foothills levy, we are increasingly skeptical that it is being handled according to the letter and intent of the law.
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