The Harris Ranch Wildlife Impact Assessment and Management Plan (Mitigation Plan) identifies impacts and provides a framework to avoid, minimize, or mitigate potential adverse impacts in areas where it is ecologically responsible and financially reasonable, and to concomitantly foster an environmentally responsible community ethic. Each of the development phases for Harris Ranch is guided by the avoid, minimize and mitigate concept:
Avoid: Identify critical habitat types and avoid development or habitat alteration in those areas. Create restrictions that would limit action within those areas
Minimize: Identify actions that potentially threaten the ongoing presence or success of a particular species, or wildlife biodiversity in general, and reduce those actions to an acceptable level.
Mitigate: Define potential actions that could be taken to enhance or create wildlife habitat in an effort to alleviate habitat loss or alteration in other areas.
Assessment of Impacts to Wildlife
Adverse impacts are actions that threaten the survival, behavior, and reproduction of wildlife species. Adverse impacts include loss of habitat, introduction of noxious and invasive plant species, increased risk of wildland fires, and increased disturbance to wildlife caused by more traffic, noise, recreation, and pets.
THE CONSERVATION FUND
The Mitigation Plan establishes a Conservation Fund to fund mitigation programs and projects. The Conservation Fund has three sources:
Harris Ranch Master Plan Map
The gray areas mark 650 acres of open space for wildlife. There is no public access allowed, except to conduct wildlife habitat restoration projects.
Boise River Wildlife Management Area
Harris Ranch abuts the Boise River Wildlife Management Area (BRWMA), which provides critical winter habitat for the largest population of mule deer and elk in Southwest Idaho.