Billionaire brothers Dan and Farris Wilks put up sets of gates on a road through their property just miles from Bogus Basin in the Boise National Forest. Whether you legally have access through there is up in the air right now.
Here in Idaho we love our lands. We also love our privacy. But what happens when those two interests are at odds?
Sweeping alpine forests, mountain ranges, wildlife, and access to endless recreation are all precious gems Idahoans treasure. Billionaire brothers Dan and Farris Wilks from Cisco, Texas, clearly treasure that too, as they are buying up massive amounts of private land across the state in Adams, Boise, Idaho and Valley counties.
But recently they put up sets of gates on a popular Forest Service road through their property just miles from Bogus Basin in the Boise National Forest. The gates are open, however the no trespassing signs may indicate otherwise.
Many Idahoans are up in arms. But whether you legally have access through there is up in the air right now.
Last year, we reported on very similar tension between the Wilks’ company, DF Development LLC, and outdoor enthusiasts in Valley County over access to a road amid the swath of private property.
Boise Ridge Road, National Forest System (NFS) road 374, is well known to locals in the Treasure Valley. But what many may not know is that as of recently, they will come across sets of gates and ‘No Trespassing’ signs at different points in the road.
“This is a lot bigger than just those gates on that specific road,” Idaho Wildlife Federation Executive Director Brian Brooks said, “I think it’s no secret Idaho is for sale and we’ve got better property values than anywhere else. And we all live in this state because it’s beautiful. And people are coming here.”
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Texas billionaire brothers put up gates, no trespassing signs on Forest Service road in Idaho