Conservation Projects

Planting in November Along the Boise River at Marianne Williams Park

Saturday November 12 the cold weather did not stop a crew of some 40 volunteers to complete a major planting along the Boise River at Marianne Williams Park. The early November snow? No problem.

Under the leadership of TU volunteer coordinators Trevor Sheehan and Richard Jones, Trout Unlimited took on an important planting of three plots along the Boise River, in coordination with the City of Boise and the Boise Golden Eagle Audubon Society ReWild project. We were also joined by a number of Timberline High School students, members of the TREE Club.

The plantings will help restore a Boise River riparian area next to Marianne Williams Park. Saturday’s work was putting in native plants and trees. And another big part of the work that morning was beginning the repair of a damaged section of the river bank fencing it from public use and future erosion.

“I would like to thank each and every one of you who bundled up, got out in the snow, and helped out with planting at Marianne Williams Park,” said coordinator Sheehan. “It means a lot to me that you would spend your Saturday morning playing in the dirt with me. Kristen from the city was VERY happy with the work we did.”

Next spring and summer will be a critical time for these new plants to get established. Something that will help is a bit of extra water, and in the future there will be lots of volunteer opportunities for you to help with that. The soil will be pretty well saturated through the winter and spring, but when the hot and days come along the plants could use a bit of help with a deep watering. Particularly the plants in sandier soil like the area we fenced off. Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.

Once again, thank you all! That was a great time and I hope you had fun too.


Full House for IF4

Election night, November 8th: a safe harbor for 120 people that evening was a brewpub in downtown Boise. This was our regular Ted Trueblood Chapter meeting, but we moved it up one night and worked with our hosts at White Dog Brewery and with the International Fly Fishing Film Festival to put on a showing of the 2022 IF4 film.

While attendees enjoyed a cold brew or two and some snacks while viewing the film, another purpose for the event was an official welcoming for the new Boise State University Fishing Club.

Boise State University students from the new fishing club. This is part of the TU Five Rivers program. Faculty advisor Ti Macklin is second from right.

Door prizes from the Boise State Fishing Club and financial check presentation from Trout Unlimited was part of the program along with the film.

Three different screens were available for viewing.

Nov 8 Fly Film Fest

Come to our Nov. 8 Fly Film Fest at White Dog Brewery. Tickets available here for $15.00. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Film at 7:00 p.m. Food and beverages available for purchase.

Proceeds from the raffle at this event will support the new Boise State Fly Fishing Club, a TU Five Rivers program.

This will be a great way to connect with friends and other fly fishing enthusiasts!

Conservation Projects Meetings/Events

Sept 24 Project

The weather is helping us out and now is the time to do some stream restoration work. 

We have a project on Warm Springs Creek here in Boise. We have previously had several work activities at this site. So joining us for these projects will allow you to see the fruits of our/your labor on previous efforts.

September 24th, this coming Saturday. 

    We will be weeding around the trees and willow we planted last winter and early spring. There is a significant amount of reed canary grass and purple loostrife and these invasive plants need control. Some work tools will be provided. But it is likely we will do a lot of hand pulling.

    Time Line:   Starts at 10 AM and will last about 2 hours. If you have them please wear waterproof boots. the area along the stream is fairly muddy.

Where to park and where to work.

To RSVP please email

Conservation Projects Meetings/Events

Sept. 20 Volunteer Event

Volunteer event number 3 at Marianne Williams Park:

Tuesday, September 20th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

We would love some help pulling noxious weeds, wrapping trees to mitigate beaver damage, closing unnecessary social trails and picking up trash along the river bank at the park. The more volunteers we have, the more of these goals we will work towards. We will be meeting in the parking lot at 5:30 on September 20th.

This is the first volunteer event we’ve had in the evening, and we would love to see you there!

Bring your fly rod for some evening fishing following the event if you’d like. Email if you have any questions or to RSVP.

-Trevor Sheehan


Come to our Sept. 14 Angler Celebration

Join the Trout Unlimited Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a celebration of the Treasure Valley’s unique angling community.

About this event

When: 6-9 PM. Wednesday, Sept. 14th

Where: Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park 500 S Walnut St, Boise, ID 83712

What: Meet the Ted Trueblood Chapter Board of Directors, local fishing community leaders, fishing retailers, conservation groups and more. This is a one-stop shop to connect with your anglers and learn about conserving our local resources.

Featuring: Casting demonstrations, fly tying demonstrations and more.

Food & Drink: Standard grilled fare (cheeseburgers, hot dogs etc.) will be served, with libations. Alcohol will be available, but identification will be required.

This is a free event. Donations are encouraged.

We request that you RSVP here

Conservation Projects

Stewarding the Riparian

Our June 4 project at Marianne Williams Park is our initial foray into working along the riparian area of the Boise River at this park to improve the natural vegetation.

Boise River at Marianne Williams Park

A rainy day met our volunteer crew – which was nice! We were able to pull weeds in several areas on a day that was not too hot for outdoor work. Here are some photos:

Group photo of volunteers

We plan to do quarterly volunteer projects at this site in cooperation with Boise Parks and Recreation.

Conservation Projects

June 4 Volunteer Project

The Ted Trueblood Chapter has signed an agreement with the City of Boise thru their Adopt-A-Habitat program. We are sponsoring 13.5 acres of river front riparian ground located between Mary Anne Williams Park and the Boise River in east Boise. 

We will have three to four volunteer projects per year at this site. It’s in Boise so you will have easy access to the projects and a city park restroom. Parking is beside the Greenbelt so if you choose to you can take a walk before or after the volunteer project. We encourage you to bring your kids to join us for these conservation projects.

Our first project is on June 4th starting at 9 am running to about noon.

We will be removing noxious weeds including Houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale) and Spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe),  wrapping (or rewrapping) cottonwoods for beaver protection and potentially closing some unnecessary social trails. 

We also will clean up trash as we work to remove the noxious weeds. 

The city will provide needed tools and materials. Just dress appropriately for the weather, grab some gloves, sunblock, a bottle of water and join us for our first project at our sponsored site along the Boise River.

To volunteer email Richard Jones at

Thank you for your time and we hope to see you on June 4th!


May 11 Trueblood Chapter Meeting

TU Member Online Meeting

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

Rick Williams: “Salmon of the Pacific Northwest”

Live on Youtube !Wednesday, May 11, 2022
6:00 p.m. (MDT)

Wednesday, May 11th, join the Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited as we welcome Rick Williams to discuss Salmon of the Pacific Northwest.

 Rick’s presentation will focus on the more than century-long decline of salmon in the Pacific Northwest and the Columbia River, the general failure of management to reverse the decline, and many reasons for that failure.  The roles and impacts of hydrosystem development and over-reliance on hatchery production will be discussed.  Lessons learned will be noted and a new vision and roadmap for salmon restorationdescribed.

RICHARD N. WILLIAMS, PhD Fisheries – Conservation – Genetics
Rick Williams is a fisheries ecologist and Research Associate in the Department of Biology at The College of Idaho. His research and consulting focuses on conservation of native steelhead, redband, and cutthroat trout in western North America. Rick has been active in Columbia River salmon recovery issues since 1987, and in 2006, published a book on Pacific salmon recovery (Return to the River) that describes the century-long decline of Columbia River salmon and steelhead and proposes a new approach to their restoration. Rick continues to be active in writing and public speaking on Snake River and Columbia River salmon and steelhead recovery.

Rick is also a Life Member of Trout Unlimited (TU), the Henry’s Fork Foundation, and Fly Fishers International (FFI). Rick serves as the Senior Conservation Advisor for FFI and is a Certified Master Instructor and Two-Hand Master Instructor. Rick is also an owner of Idaho Angler ( a specialty fly fishing shop in Boise, Idaho. 
 This event will be broadcast for FREE on Facebook and on the Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited’sYouTube page. 

Please share with anglers and community members who love Idaho salmon and steelhead !

Meetings/Events Trout Camp Trout in the Classroom Woolly Buggers Youth

Idaho Gives May 2-5

Help support the youth programs of the Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TTTU) by donating through Idaho Gives from NOWuntil Thursday, May 5 !

TTTU is participating again in Idaho Gives to help raise money for our youth programs, including Trout in the Classroom and the Woolly Buggers kids fishing club. These incredible programs teach kids about our natural environment, fish, and conservation while getting them out to enjoy nature and fly fishing.  We need your help to continue these programs and bring the amazing experience of nature to even more kids.

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Trout in the Classroom collage. One of our youth programs supported with donations through Idaho Gives.