Farris Wilks

In this Dec. 29, 2015, file photo, Farris Wilks watches U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz deliver remarks in Cisco, Texas. Texas billionaire brothers Dan and Farris Wilks have put up gates and no trespassing signs on a Forest Service road outside of Boise.

Another road closure in connection to Texas billionaire brothers Dan and Farris Wilks has been reported north of Boise, writes Idaho Press reporter Savannah Cardon. What’s in question is whether that road had been maintained using public tax dollars, which led the Idaho Wildlife Federation to dig into the newly discovered closure, according to Brian Brooks, the federation’s executive director.

A video about the closure posted to the federation’s Facebook page has been circulating on social media, receiving more than 5,000 shares since last week.

The road, known as National Forest Road 645, cuts through what’s listed as DF Development LLC private property, a company owned by the Wilks brothers. Their company has purchased thousands of acres of Idaho land and has put up gates on popular U.S. Forest Services road outside of Boise over the last several years.

Idaho’s outdoor enthusiasts — particularly those in Valley County — could be affected by the closure, Brooks said. The road, just west of Smiths Ferry, is a popular recreation route for hunters and ATV riders. You can read Cardon's full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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