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Dead and dying

I have watched windstorms and beavers take these trees year-by-year since I started bicycling to work in 1998, brown belt replacing greenbelt (only better in karate). Boise’s namesake trees,¹ these cottonwoods, are weakened by irrigation that diverts water they need to properly reproduce.² Groups like the Boise River Enhancement Network³ are working to improve the situation.

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¹ Trail Image, “Meeting Captain Bonneville”: www.trailimage.com/meeting-captain-bonneville

² Science News, “Boise River’s Cottonwoods in Decline”: www.upi.com/Science_News/2009/10/04/Boise-Rivers-cottonwo...

³ BREN website: boiseriverenhancement.net/

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Taken on January 15, 2014