Author: Liz Paul

BREN Cleanup Flotillas Tackle the Trash

BREN volunteers took to the Boise River to tackle the trash and they made quite the haul. The adventurous crews launched kayaks, rafts, SUPs, canoes, IKs, float tubes and a catamaran armed with indestructible orange bags donated by Brady Industries. They stuffed cans, glass and plastic bottles, t-shirts, underware, cups, wrappers, lighters, balls, butts, fishing […]

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Volunteers Endure Prickers and Thorns to Enhance Habitat In Eagle and Middleton

Conditions are improving for native birds, wildlife and fish along the Boise River in Eagle and Middleton due to the hard work of BREN volunteers. With the support of GEICO Treasure Valley, a crew tackled weeds at Woods Park in Eagle on July 25, and employees from Ridgeline Insights worked with BREN at Middleton River […]

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Stay Safe and Stay With Us

Boise River Enhancement Network Members, BREN’s Mission Statement starts off by saying … “We are a network of people that live work and play in the Boise River Watershed…” As such, BREN is nothing without all of you, our members.  Our concern for the health and wellbeing of our members has increased along with the […]

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Barber Park Habitat Enhancement Project Part 2

In a bold move to improve the ecological health of Barber Park and the Boise River, Ada County Parks and Waterways cut down more than 600 invasive trees February 18-20. The first-of-its-kind project along the Boise River was spearheaded by Boise River Enhancement Network volunteer and Golden Eagle Audubon Society board member Alan Crockett. Worried […]

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Winter Birds of Expo Idaho

Officials from Ada County’s Expo Idaho welcomed twelve experienced birds recruited by the Boise River Enhancement Network  onto the Les Bois racetrack and infield on February 18, 2020 to count birds. Nearly 300 birds and 25 species were observed in two hours.  There is an open waterway that flows year round through the infield and […]

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Barber Park Habitat Enhancement Project Part One

Read more and see photos in Part 2. Feb. 18 Media Release – Ada County Invasive Trees Being Removed from Barber Park    Russian Olive, Siberian Elms and Callery Pear targeted for removal   BOISE – Russian Olives, Siberian Elms and Callery Pear trees sound beautiful and exotic but they can wreak havoc on important ecosystems along the […]

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Volunteers Enhance Habitat in New Eagle Park

The Boise River Enhancement Network teamed up with Eagle Parks and Recreation to enhance riparian habitat at a new park site along the Boise River in 2019. The project doubled as an outdoor classroom to teach willow harvesting and planting techniques. The site of the future Woods Park includes two ponds that initially had little [...]
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We Have Liftoff for Cottonwood Creek Project

The collaborative Cottonwood Creek Daylighting project is picking up momentum.  The creek design shaping up and a new generation of Black Cottonwood trees are growing.This ambitious project will move Cottonwood Creek out of the buried flume where it has flowed for decades into an engineered creek channel on the east end of Julia Davis Park. […]

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Cottonwood Creek: “It Will Cost a Pretty Penny”

It must have been a dry July when the City of Boise founders platted the first streets in 1863. They established the city in the channel of Cottonwood Creek. Although Cottonwood Creek is a large tributary to the lower Boise River, it can dry up for months between rain storms and snow melt. The natural […]

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