Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hundreds take part in planting event to restore Table Rock

On June 29, 2016, flames ripped across one of Boise’s most recognizable landmarks. 

The Table Rock fire, which investigators later determined was sparked by fireworks, charred 2,600 acres in the Boise Foothills and destroyed one home. The large fire left a black burn scar around popular hiking trails in the Ridge to Rivers System and burned native species all across the landscape. 

Since that sad day, the agencies that manage the land have come together with the community to help restore Table Rock and reintroduce native plants to the area. 

Perhaps the strongest showing of support for this beloved public space happened on Saturday, November 11, 2017 when more than 500 people signed up to take part in a massive planting effort at Table Rock. 

Boy Scout troops, environmentalists, NGOs, corporate volunteer partners, a group of veterans and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds picked up shovels and trowels and made the hike up the Table Rock Trail to plant 7,000 native plants in the burn scar. 

It was a massive effort, and a massive way to give back to a piece of land that has given our community so much. 

Boise Parks and Recreation, The Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Fish and Game, Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, Idaho Department of Lands and the Idaho Botanical Garden all worked together to make “the biggest planting day ever” happen. The project would not have been possible without a generous donation from the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund, which turns a visit to the zoo into a conservation action. Learn more about the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund by clicking here: https://zooboise.org/conservation/conservation-fund/

The planting event truly was a team effort. Thank you to everyone who was willing to dig deep, put in the work and make Saturday, Nov. 11 such a success! We are proud to be a part of this giving community.