Boise National Forest accepts Tamarack expansion plan

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Tamarack Resort is taking its next steps to expand across national forest lands. 

Earlier this week, the Boise National Forest accepted Tamarack’s application to expand on 2,099 acres of National Forest Systems lands.

“With the increase in outdoor recreation in the intermountain region, we recognize the need to expand the recreation opportunities to meet public needs,” Boise National Forest Supervisor Tawnya Brummett said. “Tamarack Resort has shown they have the resources to move forward in the special use process and as a result, the proposal will enter into the beginning of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.”

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Boise National Forest said this process will require “extensive” public involvement, including formal commenting time. 

“I’d like to emphasize that the acceptance of the proposal does not mean that the expansion will be permitted, instead it is just the first step in beginning the environmental analysis and public involvement that is required for this type of project,” said Brummett.

Currently, the resort operates only on the endowment and private lands. This project would expand the resort to National Forest System lands- the majority would be south of the resort.

Tamarack says this would “significantly” increase recreation opportunities. The proposal includes new ski lifts and “expanded” summer activities. 

Boise National Forest said because of the “magnitude” of Tamarack’s proposal, an Environment Impact Statement will be required. They said this includes a “possible” amendment of the current Forest Plan. 

A timeline for this project will be created soon. When the project is launched, it will be available for public comment here. 

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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