Today was a beautiful day and we accomplished a great deal with planting new cottonwood trees near the Boise River. Thanks to everyone that participated and to those that put out the extra effort to acquire the funding and organize this project. It was really well done and fun too!
Our tree planting effort on April 27th is another step forward for the Boise River. Improving the riparian conditions with new cottonwood trees indirectly helps the river and the fishery.
New cottonwoods were planted in an area dominated with mature trees and where bare soil may allow new trees to establish and grow.
Trout Unlimited is thrilled to see this project spread to more community involvement. These trees have been grown from SEED so they are genetically diverse, an important element for the long term health of the riparian area.
The Southeast Neighborhood Association was involved and as one of the grant recipients from the city of Boise Neighborhood Reinvestment grant.
Matt Perkins, the City of Boise chief arborist, joined the effort. Matt is extremely supportive of the native Black Cottonwood Restoration project and we were very pleased to have his assistance on this day.
Albertsons Headquarters allowed the volunteer planting crew to use its parking lot to access the river at the desired location.
Justin, our Boy Scout (below right), took lead. Justin has earned over 90 + merit badges, including his Eagle Scout. Justin will be ensuring the watering of these trees for their first summer and reporting mortality rates that will inform us for future plantings.
Matt (left) enlightened everyone by outlining the City’s role in keeping the Boise River riparian area the best it can be for all critters and people that depend on it.
Ben organized our eager and energetic Church group. It is always a pleasure to work with Church groups.
Trout Unlimited and the East End Neighborhood Association and the Southeast Neighborhood Associations provided refreshments to kick off the day.