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BLM Wants Public Input On Proposal For New Boise Trails

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Trails in the Ridge to Rivers system span almost 200 miles.

Boise’s trail system might expand, and the Bureau of Land Management is looking for public input on the proposal.

The Boise Foothills Ridge to Rivers system might expand by almost 15 miles in different spots along existing trails. The BLM is looking for public input on the proposal, as some of trails would be on federal land.

“The public has been asking us for additional trail opportunities,” says Holly Hovis, who's with the BLM. 

Part of the reason for the potential expansion has to do with the Treasure Valley’s growth: as more and more people move to the region, trails are getting more crowded. Hovis says this could help alleviate congestion on both trails and at trailhead parking lots.

“We will also be expanding the Cartwright Road trailhead and allowing for 30 parking spaces and also a couple horse trailer parking spaces,” says Hovis.

According to Hovis, if the proposal goes through, the City of Boise would foot the bill for the trail building, but the land would still be owned by the BLM. There’s a public meeting on the proposal Wednesday, August 29 in Boise, or you can submit comment by email until September 14.

Find reporter Frankie Barnhill on Twitter @FABarnhill

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