June 9, 2017
Trail to Stack Rock Re-opens
The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley is pleased to announce the trail to Stack Rock, also known as ‘Entrance Exam’ is once again open to the public, on marked trails only.
The trail was closed in June of 2016 to allow logging activity on the private land that the trail crosses. While some areas will still be impacted by logging this summer and fall, the landowners have agreed to allow the trail to re-open for public use. The logging is part of an effort to maintain and improve forest health. Douglas fir in the area have been dying due to impacts from mistletoe and bark beetles. Replanting will take place once removal of diseased trees is complete.
“We are fortunate that these landowners allow public access across their private land on the marked trail. It’s the direct route to Stack Rock and an important and popular trail, particularly for hikers” said Tim Breuer, Director of the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley.
The Land Trust secured the revocable trail easement across three different ownerships in 2013. Public access is allowed only on the marked trail.
“The best way to sustain and keep our trail system intact is to be respectful of the private land that many of our foothills trails cross, including ‘Entrance Exam’, and to avoid traveling off the marked route. For the safety of the public, and as requested by the landowners, visitors are asked to stay on the marked logging road. They will find that the trail is a bit rough, so caution is advised, but the trail is passable. Users should also be on the lookout for logging traffic along the route.” added Breuer.
Access to the trail, which is a direct route to Stack Rock, is found just past mile marker 13 on Bogus Basin Road. Parking is limited. An alternative to this route to Stack Rock begins at Bogus Basin Ski Resort, called ‘East side’ trail. Recreationists may also enjoy other high elevation trail options such as ‘Around the Mountain’ trail and the ‘Headwaters’ trail network in upper Dry Creek near mile marker 12.
BOISE, Idaho – Les Bois Film Festival has announced the films for the 2017 festival, which takes place on March 4th at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise. The festival is co-hosted by The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, a non-profit organization committed to conserving nature in Southwestern Idaho, along with Wild Lens, a non-profit film production company dedicated to addressing wildlife conservation issues. In its second year, Les Bois Film Festival will feature a diverse array of outdoor and environmental films from across the globe, with a special focus on films produced in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at www.lesboisfilmfestival.org
This year, thanks to the support of the Tzó-Nah Fund, the festival has grown to three showings, a film premiere at 11 am, and compilation screenings at 2 and 7 pm.
- The 11 am premiere screening is of Wild Lens’ documentary film, Souls of the Vermilion Sea, about the struggle to save an endangered Mexican porpoise, the vaquita, from extinction. It is
- free to attend, tickets are not required.
- The afternoon program will present eight films, including the award winning film Paul’s Boots, about a unique journey along the Appalachian Trail, as well as several Idaho-produced short films, including The High Divide and Santiaguito: The Volcano Laboratory.
- The evening screening includes eleven films, featuring the award-winning film Elk River, which follows the migratory journey of a herd of Yellowstone elk, and several locally produced short films, including Chasing Ridgelines, The Falconer and Beyond the Boulder White Clouds.
Craft beer from Woodland Empire and wine will be available for purchase at the evening screening.
A companion to the film element for the Festival will be a conservation-themed art exhibit, produced by Boise’s SWELL Artist Collective and the Endangered Species Print Project, the exhibit will open on March 2nd for Downtown’s First Thursday event and will remain open through the end of March.
This unique film festival was launched in 2016 with the goal of bringing together Boise’s burgeoning arts scene with the Treasure Valley’s robust conservation community. The festival’s inaugural event played to a sold out crowd, screening films from many of Idaho’s top outdoor filmmakers.
The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley is pleased to announce that Julia Rundberg has joined the staff as development and communications manager, where her ﬁrst major project will be to manage the Les Bois Film Festival on March 4th.
Julia spent the last ten years guiding local nonproﬁt organizations, as the director of the City Club of Boise, and prior to that, as director of the Idaho Botanical Garden. Under her leadership, both organizations increased community visibility and contributions and developed new programs and events, including City Club’s recent Civility Project, and the Garden’s Outlaw Field Concert Series and Fall Harvest Festival. Julia also brings a wealth of experience in outdoor recreation, planning and communications. She was the Development and Communications Director for the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, a nonproﬁt organization similar to the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, as well as a naturalist and manager for Minnesota State Parks and Trails.
“I am honored to join this organization whose purpose is to conserve nature close to home,” Julia says. “I have always preferred to be outside in nature. As I have hiked, biked and explored the foothills and the Boise River, I have grown to love them. I want to make sure they remain available for people to experience and enjoy. Programs like the Land Trust’s BFFs (Boise Foothills Friends) are important, connecting the people who live here to these amazing open spaces in our backyard.”
“Julia has a deep understanding of nonproﬁts- from operations to events and connecting with supporters. Her experience working for a park and trails agency and also for a citizen friends group gives her a unique understanding of the value that public- private partnerships bring to our work. Her love of wildlife, plants and recreation are a perfect ﬁt for the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley and we are pleased she will be joining our team,” says Tim Breuer, Land Trust Executive Director.
Ms. Rundberg began working with the Land Trust in January. In her spare time, she sings with the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, is an avid gardener of native plants and vegetables, and with her husband Carl, explores the west, mountain biking, hiking and camping.
Join the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley on a snowshoe outing into the headwaters of Dry Creek on Saturday January 28th. This half day beginner to intermediate outing will take participants into the forest but within view of Boise. Only 15 spots are available and there is a drawing for the lucky participants. You can learn more and sign up