Planning efforts for the Harris Ranch community included numerous measures intended to conserve the valuable commodity of water. One such conservation effort is the installation of a community wide pressurized irrigation system utilizing groundwater rights already available within the boundaries of the property. The system will provide irrigation water for all common area and residential landscaping. Billing rates for irrigation services vary according to lot size. Irrigation services are typically billed in 4th quarter (early November) after close of the irrigation season. The irrigation assessment is due by December 31 each year. Note - as a property owner you are fully responsible for the maintenance and winterization of your residential irrigation system and the HOA's involvement is strictly a billing/collection function. Notification will be issued each spring regarding irrigation water availability, and each fall regarding system shut-down.
The Association is responsible for several acres of land adjoining the Subdivision. The area has been officially designated as a wetlands area by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The area includes a remote trail and provides ample opportunity for viewing wild life, fishing and enjoying the area. The HOA is vigilant regarding the upkeep and protection of the pond system for two reasons: proximity to the Boise River and this water source is used to irrigate our homes and common area landscaping. Our contractors are balancing treatment of the ponds to protect their ecology while making them easily accessible and enjoyable for residents. Treatments rendered are to kill milfoil and other pondweed. Algae is typically a problem in June, July, and August because of the warmer temperature and stagnation and is addressed year-round. The area was designed to maintain its natural appearance, yet to be easily accessed by locals. The path is gravel and the grass is fescue to blend in with the surroundings. Weeds on and adjacent to the path are sprayed or mowed several times each year. Noxious weeds are eradicated by the County on an as needed basis.
One of the many distinguishing attributes of the Harris Ranch community is its proximity to the Foothills and Boise River. Recognizing that the location of the community lies in a corridor directly between these two important wildlife and habitat areas, the Harris family and the Developer of Harris Ranch proactively initiated a comprehensive Wildlife Assessment and Mitigation Plan which a) identifies potential direct and indirect impacts to wildlife and habitat resulting from construction/residential activities, and b) provides a means for enabling actions and options for avoiding, minimizing or mitigating those identified impacts.
The Harris Ranch Wildlife Assessment and Mitigation Plan establishes a non-profit corporation that provides for and directs the efforts of: restoration and enhancement of the natural environment; coordination and facilitation of conservation education programs; seeking grant funding for conservation education and habitat enhancement projects; identifying, observing and reporting on problems related to wildlife in the neighborhood; monitoring and maintaining effective fuel breaks; and monitoring/treating weeds.
For the purposes of wildlife habitat planning, projects are broken down into three areas: foothills, floodplain, and riparian areas. Examples of specific programs underway and planned for include:
1.) Design and construct a fuel break for all development that is adjacent to, or within upland foothills habitats
2.) Implement noxious weed abatement
3.)Coordinate with cooperating organizations and agencies to bring interpretive educational seminars and presentations to HR residents
4.) Develop trailhead management objectives and actions, seasons of use, and access types (non-motorized). Resident education will be major component of this project
5.) Create signage and educational & informational kiosks regarding Bald Eagles and their Habitat
6.) Tree planting - Barber Dam to East ParkCenter Bridge to screen the public from roosting eagles
7. ) Commit 10 percent annually of the budget to offsite mitigation to benefit wildlife winter habitat in the Boise Foothills
8.) Monitor and report the success of all habitat restoration efforts
Contact Angela Rossmann 208-515-7413 firstname.lastname@example.org