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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.

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