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Open meadow badly damaged by mud-bogging in Boise National Forest

Officials say the damage occurred in late April in the Tripod Meadows area, located about two miles west of Smiths Ferry. (Courtesy Boise National Forest)

An open wet meadow was badly damaged by people mud-bogging in the Boise National Forest.

Officials say the damage occurred in late April in the Tripod Meadows area, which is located about two miles west of Smiths Ferry.

“Wet meadows like these are critical components to the forest ecosystem and damage like this impacts everything from fish to big game species,” said Richard Newton, Emmett District ranger. “We encourage appropriate motorized recreation on the forest, but users must stay on designated routes for the protection of resources.”

Witnesses say they say two Jeep-like vehicles in the area, but no other details were available. Violators could face up to a $5,000 fine, six months in jail or both.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 208-373-4296.


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