Wetlands & Wildlife
ARE THERE WETLANDS ON THE PROPERTY?
ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT MOSQUITOS ON THE PROPERTY?
Any property on wetlands and near water will attract animals and wildlife. We will handle any issues like any other property owner would. Of course, always complying with the DEQ regulations. Our medical experts anticipate that personal application of mosquito repellent will be adequate to address this concern.
ARE YOU GOING TO BUILD ON WETLANDS?
No, we will not build on natural wetlands. An access road for fire may be built on currently irrigation-induced wetlands. We are working with the US Army Corps of Engineers to make sure we comply with all wetlands rules, restrictions and best practices.
WILL YOU MITIGATE FOR ANY CONSTRUCTION ON THE WETLANDS?
Yes. Less than ½ an acre of irrigated-induced wetlands will be disturbed for an access road and paths. Our wetlands mitigation plan provides for a “no net loss of wetland resources” as guided by Blaine County’s Comprehensive Plan.
WILL YOU PRESERVE EXISTING WETLANDS?
Our plans include the preservation of the land and its natural beauty, including wetlands, as means for providing a peaceful, nature filled environment for our campers. Working with our designers and wetlands environmental specialist, we have protected existing natural wetlands, created additional wetlands, and planned camp buildings in such a way to enhance the aesthetics of the adjacent natural wetlands. Structures that will become part of the property will fit naturally into the landscape and complement the environment.
DO YOU HAVE A WILDLIFE MITIGATION PLAN?
Yes. Wildlife mitigation is included in our site plan. Just like any residence in the area, CRG will necessarily have some impact on wildlife. The County ordinance recognizes this point and only regulates loss of “natural, scenic or historic feature[s] of major importance.” (Blaine County Code 9-25-3.A.9) (emphasis added). No such “features” are affected; nevertheless, CRG has conducted an analysis of the site and developed a wildlife management protocol that is included with its application materials. It is important to note that the vast majority of the property will remain in open space, with no development on hillside wintering range. With the exception of the on-site caretaker, the 260 acres will not be occupied during the winter months (in contrast to other residences), which should further address any concerns about wildlife.