Mission Statement The Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands is a statewide public benefit privately funded organization whose mission is to preserve and protect open space lands and unique natural, scenic settings for public benefit through various flexible conservation methods
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jan Johns, Executive Director
Last year’s flood event on the Boise River dramatically affected the concrete abutment of the Greenbelt Bridge on the Plantation Island owned by the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands (Idaho Foundation). With the possibility of a failure of the abutment and at the urging of the Ada County Highway District, Ada County and the Idaho Foundation removed the bridge to prevent greater damage should it fall into the water.
Since that time the Idaho Foundation has applied for FEMA funding to restore the bridge and pathway. The Idaho Foundation Board members have met several times with FEMA representatives which included a walkabout on Plantation Island.
River Structures Consulting has conducted a preliminary inspection report of the bridge which concludes that the bridge superstructure appears to be in good condition. Further inspection of the structure will be needed. The report also confirmed that the east approach to the bridge has experienced significant scour and that a significant portion of the pathway has been undermined or washed away.
Both bridge abutments will need to be underpinned by pumping grout or concrete into the void beneath the footings and the embankments need to be repaired and armored with riprap.
The Idaho Foundation is diligently working with its partners and waiting for a response from FEMA regarding approval of the funding request.
Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands Union Pacific ROW in Ketchum Gives Art Installation SPUR a Home
Craters of the Moon National Monument, ID. and Sun Valley, ID.
Spur was inspired by lava tubes under the surface of Craters of the Moon National Monument (where it was temporarily installed June through October, 2016). The sculpture was also inspired by the history of the railroad, particularly the spur line that once diverged north from the main tracks abutting the National Monument into the Wood River Valley. The sculpture is made with Alaskan Yellow Cedar. It is 80 feet long by 13 feet high and 20 feet wide. The interior surfaces have been flame charred. For more information click here
Plantation Island Bridge Abutment Gets Tagged Adding Insult to Injury
Thanks to Director Bob Batista of Idaho Expo and his great crew who painted the abutment and a double thank you for using the anti-grafitti paint.
An anti–graffiti coating is a coating that prevents graffiti paint from bonding to surfaces. Cleaning graffiti off buildings costs billions of dollars annually. Many cities have started anti-graffiti programs but vandalism is still a problem.
For more information about the removal of the Plantation Island bridge click here