75 acres of land were donated to the City of Boise in hopes of preserving wildlife habitats. A Boise couple donated the land near Polecat Gulch Reserve, making it the largest land donation to the city since 2003.
At a press event Tuesday, Mayor Dave Bieter and Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway pulled down a velvet curtain to reveal a map of the foothills parcel.
Terry and Tracey Walther purchased the land nearly 20 years ago as riding property for their horses, but now, Terry Walther says they want to preserve the land.
“A place for the wildlife to go during the day because Polecat is full of people and on the other side is the landfill so we see a big migration of wildlife into this area every day," says Walther.
Holloway, at Parks and Rec., says the land is home to critters from owls to foxes to bobcats.
"This is truly an area that from a conservation and preservation perspective is very, very important to our foothills," says Holloway.
Boise City Council still needs to approve and accept the land donation, which is on the agenda for next week’s meeting.
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