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Want to see Kirkham Hot Springs thrive? Share your feedback at this community meeting.

By: - February 13, 2022 9:23 am
Kirkham Hot Springs

U.S. Forest Service officials are taking public feedback on how to maintain Kirkham Hot Springs for public use for years to come at a community meeting Feb. 24 at the Lowman Inn. (Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service)

Officials from the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a community meeting in Lowman, Idaho, to begin public scoping for the Kirkham Recreation Site Improvements Project.

The meeting will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Lowman Inn, 7600 State Highway 21.

“Over the years we have tried different solutions to minimize destructive behavior at this popular hot springs with minimal success,” said Lowman District Ranger Traci Weaver in a press release. “We met with the community to brainstorm ideas and now we have a basic design, funded by the Great American Outdoors Act, to improve trails and accessibility, address parking and protect the fragile vegetation found around hot springs.”

Besides feedback on the design and improvements the Forest Service is hoping to generate interest in establishing a concessionaire to manage the site.

“Having a concessionaire on-site would improve public safety and curb damaging behavior,” Weaver said. “Recreation use contributes greatly to the local economy, and we are committed to protecting resources and offering a memorable visitor and community experience.”

The Boise National Forest continues to have a substantial increase in visitor use at all developed sites, but particularly at Kirkham Hot Springs. As a result, increased littering and resource damage have occurred at this popular location. Visitors are encouraged to pack in, pack out, be responsible and respectful of others and have a safe and enjoyable time exploring the Boise National Forest.

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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.