The Wood River Land Trust works with municipalities, non-profits, other government agencies, and private stakeholders to restore and enhance the Big Wood River.  Our goals are to restore natural river function to the greatest extent possible to ensure healthy habitat for local fish and wildlife populations.

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Acres of floodplain restored

SUN PEAK RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT

The Land Trust, City of Ketchum, and other partners have been working together on developing a plan to restore natural river function to approximately 2,000 feet of the Big Wood River near the Hulen Meadow Pond area.  The restoration plan calls for reconnection of 4.5 acres of floodplain habitat, decrease bank erosion, and provide adequate sediment transport capacity.  All proposed treatments will increase fish habitat diversity and will decrease flooding impacts to downstream neighborhoods.
The project is in the public scoping phase where the City of Ketchum is facilitating meeting to gauge support for the stream restoration and other enhancements that could be done at the site.  The Land Trust proposes to improve handicapped access to the Hulen Meadow Pond by providing a fishing platform, reduce vehicle/pedestrian conflicts by moving the existing parking lot on the south side of Sage Road, and provide a loading and unloading area next to the pond to improve access for families.  There may be opportunities within the stream restoration design for a play wave feature for kayakers at certain times of the year.
If you would like to attend the next public meeting regarding this exciting project, please contact the Land Trust at 208-788-3947

HAILEY GREENWAY MASTER PLAN

Nestled within the trees and along the banks of the Big Wood River, the natural trails of the Hailey Greenway provide the community a refuge and a deep connection to nature. The Hailey Greenway is a place to walk your dog, to hear the river trickling over rocks, to meet friends, and to celebrate a loved one with a heart shaped stone. It is a special place that is physically very close to the bustling Hailey downtown, but experientially another world away. It is a place to be cared for and celebrated as described in this Master Plan so that it can continue to connect land, water, and our community for generations to come.

The Hailey Greenway includes lands along 1.5-miles of the Big Wood River from the Bullion Street bridge to the Colorado Gulch Road that are primarily owned or controlled by the Wood River Land Trust (WRLT) or the City of Hailey. The Greenway encompasses approximately 350 acres and includes two public parks, Lions Park and Heagle Park, as well as open space land owned by the City of Hailey and the Draper Wood River Preserve and the Colorado Gulch Preserve owned by the Wood River Land Trust. This continuous stretch of land that includes the riparian area of the Big Wood River is a tremendous asset to the community providing recreational opportunities for residents and visitors, habitat for wildlife, and space for natural floodplain function.
This Master Plan was developed collaboratively with the City of Hailey, the Wood River Land Trust, and the community, and it includes guidelines for future development and preservation of the Greenway, as well as prioritization of future projects. Other planning documents and studies that pertain to the Greenway include the Big Wood Geomorphic Assessment (Biota, 2016), the Hailey Parks, Lands & Trails Master Plan, the Hailey and Blaine County Comprehensive Plans, and others. This Master Plan is a living document and should be updated frequently as new information, plans, projects, or events unfold.