Mesa Reserve

ACRES: 164  |  TRAILS: 2.9

Protected in 2003

In 2003, the City purchased the 58 acre Boyer-Satz property on the bench to the north of Table Rock using Foothills Levy Funds.  As a part of the City’s 2002 development agreement with Homer Wise, the developer of Boulder Heights, several other parcels adjacent to the Boyer-Satz property have been acquired by the City as each phase of Boulder Heights is completed.  Currently, three other parcels totaling 76 acres have been added.  Over the next decade, 207 acres will be donated to the City.  In 2013, the Warm Springs Mesa Neighborhood Association completed a Neighborhood Plan.  In that plan, they asked to name the neighboring City-owned open space reserve Mesa Reserve and the City Council approved that plan.

In the last days of June 2016, the Table Rock Fire burned over 2,500 acres of iconic and critical wildlife habitat landscapes. Like much of the foothills, the burned landscape included a number of property owners outside of the 164 acres of Mesa Reserve owned by the City. Over 1,000 acres of Idaho Fish and Game Boise River Wildlife Management Area property was burned, and approximately 300 acres of Idaho State Department of Lands (administrated by the Idaho State Historical Society) were impacted. The remaining acreage burned was owned privately by the Harris Ranch Wildlife Mitigation Association, the Staz Family Trust, and Sun Mountain LTD Partnership. Shortly after the fire, Zoo Boise and the Friends of Zoo Boise contributed $100,000 from the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund to replant native vegetation on Table Rock.

The City of Boise is working with the majority landowners (Idaho Fish and Game, Harris Ranch Wildlife Mitigation Association, and Idaho Department of Lands) to align rehabilitation efforts and share resources. The following goals have been used to frame rehabilitation efforts:

1)     Restore native wildlife habitat.

2)     Engage all age-groups in post-fire rehabilitation through volunteerism, service-learning, and educational programming.

3)     Reduce erosion potential in the Warm Springs basin.


As of summer 2017, over 1000 volunteers participated in 15 different volunteer events to restore Table Rock. 3,500 seedlings and wildflowers (forbs) have been planted at the Reserve, and additional restoration activities are planned for fall 2017 to include weed abatement, seeding, and seedling out-planting. 

Check out the Table Rock Fire story here.   

Health of the Reserve

In 2018, ecological health of the reserve was assessed by field technicians. Monitoring plots were strategically located across the reserve, data was collected at each point to include a species inventory, percent cover of structural functional groups (like invasive species vs. natives), shrub density, erosion and soil stability assessments, and others. Those data are summarized below and help to guide future management treatments and practices for Mesa Reserve. There are additional plots across the eastern edge of the Reserve as well. Check out the Table Rock Story map via the link above.