The Ridge to Rivers partnership is initiating a master planning process that will guide development and management of the popular trail system over the next 10 years.
The planning process will take place over the next year. It will include an initial on-line trail user survey from October 1st through 15th, followed by two rounds of public open house workshops and additional on-line opportunities to provide input. The online survey will be available at www.ridgetorivers.org. “We are very interested in how the public would like to see the system managed in the future,” says Ridge to Rivers Program Manager, David Gordon.
Gordon noted that trail use has increased significantly over the past decade. “The system is incredibly popular. With increased use comes an increased challenge. There are many different ways of dealing with these challenges and our goal is to put together a plan that meets the needs of our trail users while balancing wildlife habitat, clean water and natural resources management.”
Ridge to Rivers will be assisted in development of this plan by the Boise office of Agnew::Beck Consulting, LLC. Agnew::Beck also assisted the City of Boise with the Hillside to Hollow Trail System Master Plan, the Interagency Foothills Management Plan and the City of Boise Reserves Management Plan.
Ridge to Rivers is a multi-agency partnership consisting of the City of Boise, the Bureau of Land Management Four Rivers Field Office, Ada County Parks and Waterways, the Boise National Forest and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Existing Ridge to Rivers pathways cross all of these jurisdictions, as well as many private lands via revocable or permanent easements.
Information pertaining to the planning process will be available on the Ridge to Rivers website (www.ridgetorivers.org), as well as the Boise Foothills Trail Conditions Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/boisefoothillstrailconditions).