City of Boise set to acquire 154 acres in Northwest Boise, provide trail access to Polecat Gulch

Mayor David Bieter and the Boise City Council Tuesday will consider the purchase of 154 acres of property in the Northwest Boise Foothills using Foothills Serial Levy funds.

The city would acquire open space at the end of Collister Street, protecting a bountiful population of rare Aase’s Onion and providing needed trail access to the popular Polecat Gulch Reserve.

(UPDATE: The City Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase.)

The City has negotiated a purchase price of $500,000 with Bank of the Cascades.

“This high-priority addition to our Foothills conservation effort not only will preserve a rare native plant, it will allow needed trailhead access to Polecat Gulch Reserve for all Boise residents,” said Mayor Bieter. “We appreciate the patience of trail users who have anxiously awaited access to this popular area in the Northwest Foothills.”

The two-year serial levy generated $10 million for the protection of open space in the Boise Foothills. The City Council and the Foothills Conservation Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the Mayor and Council on land acquisitions, have considered this property the number one priority for potential acquisition.

“We are honored to be part of the City’s efforts to protect the Boise foothills,” said Mike Mooney, Executive Vice President and Idaho Regional Manager for Bank of the Cascades. “This is much more than a business transaction to us. It’s an investment in our community. Our team is committed to embracing opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all who live in the Treasure Valley.

By leveraging the serial levy and other sources of funding, the Foothills Conservation Advisory Committee and the City have protected 10,489 acres of land through acquisition, donation, conservation easement or land exchange.  With $3.7 million remaining in the Levy fund, the City will continue to focus on the protection of critical wildlife habitat, riparian corridors, rare plants, historic sites and development of potential trail connections.

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