Butterflies invade Blackfoot

Charles Thompson
Staff Writer

The Bingham County Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night at its regular hearing to approve a conditional use permit (CUP) for a future commercial butterfly house located at approximately 1462 W. 200 S. in Pingree.
The unit will be owned by Randy and Karen Reed, who submitted the application for the public's enjoyment and also because they would like to educate the public about the essential role of butterflies in the world. The habitat will be completed and then opened to the public sometime in either the winter or the spring.
The owners have approximately 32 by 120 feet of greenhouse space for the dwelling, and have parking space for approximately 20 to 30 vehicles. The space may serve as a home for approximately seven to eight different species of 500 total butterflies.
The Reeds also plan to build a gift shop on the premises.
For more information, please read the Oct. 13 edition of the Blackfoot Morning News.