Hundreds volunteer to help restore Foothills land

More than 400 volunteers helped plant grasses and native species of brush in the area charred by the 2016 Table Rock Fire.

BOISE – Rehabilitation and restoration work continued Saturday in the Boise Foothills, as more than 400 people spent their morning planting native species on land that was charred in the 2016 Table Rock Fire.

Foothills restoration specialist Martha Brabec said Saturday’s planting event was organized through a partnership between Boise Parks and Recreation, the Idaho Botanical Garden, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, and Land Trust of the Treasure Valley.

Volunteers planted sagebrush and bitterbrush, and organizers brought in a variety of grasses.

“We were anticipating to have the biggest planting day ever,” Brabec said. “But to have a turnout of over 400 people is humbling and, I think, speaks to the investment that Boiseans have in the Foothills.”

A substantial portion of funding for the project came from the 50-cent per-visitor conservation fee collected by Zoo Boise.

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