Les Bois Film Festival announces 2017 Film Selections

BOISE, Idaho – Les Bois Film Festival has announced the films for the 2017 festival, which takes place on March 4th at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise. The festival is co-hosted by The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, a non-profit organization committed to conserving nature in Southwestern Idaho, along with Wild Lens, a non-profit film production company dedicated to addressing wildlife conservation issues. In its second year, Les Bois Film Festival will feature a diverse array of outdoor and environmental films from across the globe, with a special focus on films produced in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at www.lesboisfilmfestival.org

This year, thanks to the support of the Tzó-Nah Fund, the festival has grown to three showings, a film premiere at 11 am, and compilation screenings at 2 and 7 pm.

  • The 11 am premiere screening is of Wild Lens’ documentary film, Souls of the Vermilion Sea, about the struggle to save an endangered Mexican porpoise, the vaquita, from extinction. It is
  • free to attend, tickets are not required.
  • The afternoon program will present eight films, including the award winning film Paul’s Boots, about a unique journey along the Appalachian Trail, as well as several Idaho-produced short films, including The High Divide and Santiaguito: The Volcano Laboratory.
  • The evening screening includes eleven films, featuring the award-winning film Elk River, which follows the migratory journey of a herd of Yellowstone elk, and several locally produced short films, including Chasing Ridgelines, The Falconer and Beyond the Boulder White Clouds.

Craft beer from Woodland Empire and wine will be available for purchase at the evening screening.

A companion to the film element for the Festival will be a conservation-themed art exhibit, produced by Boise’s SWELL Artist Collective and the Endangered Species Print Project, the exhibit will open on March 2nd for Downtown’s First Thursday event and will remain open through the end of March.  
This unique film festival was launched in 2016 with the goal of bringing together Boise’s burgeoning arts scene with the Treasure Valley’s robust conservation community. The festival’s inaugural event played to a sold out crowd, screening films from many of Idaho’s top outdoor filmmakers.

Julia Rundberg joins the staff at the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley

The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley is pleased to announce that Julia Rundberg has joined the staff as development and communications manager, where her first major project will be to manage the Les Bois Film Festival on March 4th.

Julia spent the last ten years guiding local nonprofit organizations, as the director of the City Club of Boise, and prior to that, as director of the Idaho Botanical Garden. Under her leadership, both organizations increased community visibility and contributions and developed new programs and events, including City Club’s recent Civility Project, and the Garden’s Outlaw Field Concert Series and Fall Harvest Festival. Julia also brings a wealth of experience in outdoor recreation, planning and communications. She was the Development and Communications Director for the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, a nonprofit organization similar to the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, as well as a naturalist and manager for Minnesota State Parks and Trails.

“I am honored to join this organization whose purpose is to conserve nature close to home,” Julia says. “I have always preferred to be outside in nature. As I have hiked, biked and explored the foothills and the Boise River, I have grown to love them. I want to make sure they remain available for people to experience and enjoy. Programs like the Land Trust’s BFFs (Boise Foothills Friends) are important, connecting the people who live here to these amazing open spaces in our backyard.”

“Julia has a deep understanding of nonprofits- from operations to events and connecting with supporters.  Her experience working for a park and trails agency and also for a citizen friends group gives her a unique understanding of the value that public- private partnerships bring to our work. Her love of wildlife, plants and recreation are a perfect fit for the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley and we are pleased she will be joining our team,” says Tim Breuer, Land Trust Executive Director.

Ms. Rundberg began working with the Land Trust in January. In her spare time, she sings with the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, is an avid gardener of native plants and vegetables, and with her husband Carl, explores the west, mountain biking, hiking and camping.

Dry Creek Snow Shoe Outing

Join the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley on a snowshoe outing into the headwaters of Dry Creek on Saturday January 28th. This half day beginner to intermediate outing will take participants into the forest but within view of Boise. Only 15 spots are available and there is a drawing for the lucky participants. You can learn more and sign up


Upper Dry Creek Headwaters becomes non-motorized to create family trail experience

Another informal trail system in the Boise Foothills is going formal — and non-motorized.