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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.


¹ Trail Image, “Meeting Captain Bonneville”:

² Science News, “Boise River’s Cottonwoods in Decline”:

³ BREN website:

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Taken on January 15, 2014