Wildlife Mitigation

The River Heights Community is situated on 119-acres of mostly old agricultural and upland shrub communities with limited riparian communities adjacent to the Boise foothills. The Boise foothills support numerous native plant and wildlife species. Among these are large wintering populations of mule deer and elk, some large predators such as cougars, raptors, neo-tropical song birds, and various migrating bird species. In fact, around 200 species of birds use the Boise foothills for migrating, nesting, perching, or foraging throughout various times of the year.

The wildlife species that inhabit the foothills, either seasonally or year-around, rely on a variety of habitats to provide essential food, water, visual and thermal cover, nesting or rearing sites, and travel corridors. For these reasons, it is critical that we act as good stewards for these and other resources, and educate people on the ecology of the Boise foothills, as well as the impacts humans have had, do have, and will have on wildlife and associated habitat in the future.

Living at River Heights will offer you an amazing opportunity to experience native plant communities and wildlife right in your own backyard. However, with living in this beautiful location comes a responsibility to protect its integrity and value to local wildlife, and educate others on the ecology of the area and good stewardship practices. The decisions we make in our own back yards will affect the neighboring wildlife and the associated habitat for the better or worse. Good stewardship practices such as planting native vegetation for landscaping, restricting use of foothills trails during winter months, use of organic fertilizers, maintaining birdfeeders, and others, will not only reduce impacts to wildlife, but will also bring you many hours of enjoyment.

However, it is also important to remember at all times that River Heights is in an area with a high concentration of wildlife in close proximity. Residents of the community must be aware that these animals are wild and need to be treated as such.

Under the documents section of this site you will find a manual, “Homeowners Guide to Living with Wildlife,” which is intended for the use of River Heights’ residents to use as an educational tool. The manual identifies some basic recommendations and information on wildfire, plant communities, and wildlife associated with the area. The information is very basic and is a supplement to the River Heights Wildlife Mitigation Plan (WMP) and Fire Management Plan (FMP). For additional information on these and other resource issues, several educational links have been identified at the end of this manual or you can contact the River Heights Conservation Director.