Enjoy Croy Canyon!
Here in the Wood River Valley, many of us continue to keep active by getting out in our beautiful natural surroundings. Increased traffic on the trails has created limitations for people recreating outdoors, as anyone that has taken a hike on the Carbonate Trail has experienced. When hikers approach each other, they find themselves scrambling up the hill to comply with the social distancing expectations. Examples of this “dance” are prevalent on trails all over the valley, from Elkhorn to Quigley.
Yes, even this community needs a little more space. In Draper Preserve, the traffic counts of pedestrians on Bow Bridge have doubled compared to this same period in 2019. With the increasing need for extra space in our community, The Wood River Land Trust is speeding up their processes, and their staff is working hard to get the 118-acre Simons Bauer Preserve opened. The new access to open space is adjacent to the Hailey Greenway just beyond the Draper Preserve on Croy Canyon Road.
While The Land Trust is so thrilled to be offering this extra space to the community, one of the biggest drivers of a comprehensive management plan is the fact that this parcel includes a very sensitive wildlife habitat.
“Waterfowl are nesting this time of year, and the elk are still utilizing the wetland for wintering grounds” Scott Boettger gently reminds us, adding to “please keep your dog on a leash while you are enjoying the trails on the north side of the creek.” The Land Trust will be posting signs about the wildlife that share the Simons Bauer Preserve, so please keep an eye out for those! The Land Trust continues to work on the detailed plans for connecting boardwalks and paths with the rest of the Hailey Greenway while expanding opportunities for cycling/biking. The Land Trust looks forward to getting the community’s comments on the long term vision for the preserve.