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The Healthy Hills Initiative is working to provide science-based knowledge to protect and enhance natural resources of Boise Foothills ecosystems through the collaboration of private, local, state and federal organizations.
The Healthy Hills Initiative: How it Started
On August 3, 2009 a fire started near Horseshoe Bend Road. Dry plants fueled the fire, and high winds pushed it into the foothills. The fast-moving flames threatened several neighborhoods. Thanks to firefighters’ swift response, the fire was contained and no houses were damaged. But the foothills’ ecosystem was not so lucky. By the time it was put out, the fire had burned more than 200 acres of Ada County wildlife habitat and recreational land. This fire illustrated the risk of wildfires in the foothills and started discussions on how to demonstrate proactive restoration and fuel management strategies to reduce wildfire hazard.