Outdoor Classrooms

Field Trips are part of the pre- and post-conference activities. They are optional extras. All field trips are offered at an additional fee. We recommend you register early to ensure your spot as some have limited capacity. Included with Federal Government registration; all others pay fee.

Monday, May 2, 2022

12:00–5 p.m.    Field Trip 1. Idaho Power Company Turner Ranch Wetland Mitigation Property

Hosted by Idaho Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Idaho Power Company
(a Approximately 1.3 hour drive with readily available access to multiple project sites.)
Field trips are optional, pre-registration is required or if space available ($100 early fee). Included with Federal Government registration; all others pay fee. Box Lunch provided.

The Turner Ranch lies within the Bruneau River Valley in southwestern Idaho, adjacent to IDFG’s C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The property is owned and managed by the Idaho Power Company. It was acquired and is managed to mitigate for riparian and wetland habitats impacted by normal operations of the C.J. Strike hydroelectric project. Long-term mitigation plans and annual tasks are reviewed annually by a management advisory committee (MAC). The Bruneau Valley is important migration stop-over habitat for migrating waterfowl and water birds and has been a focus for conservation of wetland habitats for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, Idaho Power, and Ducks Unlimited. The second stop of the tour will visit a large-scale wetland project completed in 2019 designed to enhance the Bruneau Duck Pond Segment of the Wildlife Management Area (managed by IDFG). Similar actions have been implemented across IDFG and IPC managed lands as well as private lands in the past 5-10 years.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

7:30 a.m.–Noon   Field Trip 2. Soda Fire and Sage-grouse

Hosted by Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(Approximately 1.3 hour drive from Boise)
Field trips are optional, pre-registration is required or if space available ($100 early fee). Included with Federal Government registration; all others pay fee. Snack Box provided.

Visit the Soda Fire Study Area for Sage-grouse. The Soda Fire occurred in August 2015 and burned nearly 280,000 acres in SW Idaho and SE Oregon, including nearly 200,000 acres of sage-grouse habitat. Extensive rehabilitation efforts were employed – treatments included herbicide, aerial seedings, and ground drill seeding. An enormous monitoring effort continues.

8:30–11:30 a.m.  Field Trip 3. Boise River Wildlife Management Area

Hosted by Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Idaho Department of Transportation (approx. 10-minute drive to first stop)
Field trips are optional, pre-registration is required or if space available ($100 early fee). Included with Federal Government registration; all others pay fee.

Located within the Boise River Wildlife Management Area, tour the first retrofitted wildlife underpass/exclusion fence and wildlife guards in Idaho. First stop will be start with a walk to from IDFG office to tour the underpass and exclusion fence. Learn about the design/construction, funding, building of exclusion fence, wildlife use, etc. This will be followed by two other stops where you will visit the wildlife guards to discuss their design/construction, funding, installation, wildlife use and visit the location where IDFG will be building a wildlife overpass.

Friday, May 6, 2022

11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.  Field Trip 4. Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area

Hosted by Idaho Department of Fish and Game
(approximately 1-hour drive from Boise)
Field trips are optional, pre-registration is required or if space available ($100 early fee). Included with Federal Government registration; all others pay fee. Box Lunch provided.

Visit the Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and learn about IDFG’s recently completed wetland enhancement project. The Fort Boise WMA is located at the confluence of the Boise and Snake rivers and provides important managed wetlands for migratory waterfowl and associated hunting. During 2020 and 2021, IDFG enhanced managed wetlands on about 570 acres of the WMA with the purpose of improving water management to enhance wildlife habitat with moist soil and sediment management practices. Enhancement activities included removal and redistribution of accumulated sediments, levee repairs, installation of water conveyance infrastructure, construction of a sediment capture system, and erosion control treatments along Sand Hollow Creek. These wetland and infrastructure enhancements will benefit both wildlife habitat functions and WMA management efficiencies.

 

NMEBC 2022

May 2–6, 2022
Boise, Idaho

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