The City of Boise owns over 5,000 acres of open space reserves, located primarily in the sagebrush steppe ecosystem. Sagebrush country contains many biological, cultural and economic resources but this ecosystem has become threatened and fragmented by a number of forces. Today, the sagebrush steppe is considered one of the most imperiled ecosystems in North America.
What We Do
The City of Boise actively manages open space reserves using a science-based, adaptive management strategy founded on three basic principles of resistance and resilience in ecosystems;
1) Protection of intact habitat
2) Preventative management
3) Restoration and rehabilitation of wildlife habitat, where feasible
To meet our program goals, the city engages in a variety of restoration projects annually.