Shutdown stalls South Fork recovery activities

The Federal government shutdown that started October 1 has thwarted any movement towards long-term recovery of the South Fork Boise River.  And any decisions about opening the river or a portion thereof to fishing has also been stymied.

While so-called “essential” staff are still on the job (without pay), which includes fire, law enforcement and burned area emergency rehabilitation activities, other Federal government professionals are not.

Deep-rooted cottonwoods like those in the tub at Lucky Peak Nursery are available for planting. L to R: Matt Perkins, City of Boise nursery; John Sloan, Lucky Peak Nursery; Pam Harrington, Trout Unlimited; Clark Fleege, Lucky Peak Nursery

Discussions in late September identified the potential for planting cottonwoods in some areas along the South Fork Boise River.  Cottonwood cuttings taken from South Fork Boise River have been growing at the Boise National Forest Lucky Peak Nursery, and several dozen of these trees could go in the ground before the snow flies to begin the long-term recovery effort for the South Fork.  The meeting to decide when, where and what to plant would have happened October 1st or 2nd, but the government shutdown slammed the door on this little initiative.

Conservation groups had approached the Boise National Forest about the  idea to do some planting along the South Fork.  The Forest is very interested in using some volunteers and have identified some areas where planting can do some good, and where it would be safe to have volunteers do some work.  Not only that, the cottonwood trees are at Lucky Peak Nursery, ready to be put in the ground.  But until the government shutdown is over little can be done about it.

Granite Creek blowout washed away the hill side. Perhaps a good location for some cottonwood trees?

Once the shutdown is over and some progress gets made on a planting project we will provide an update at this website.



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One Response to Shutdown stalls South Fork recovery activities

  1. Steve Gurnsey says:

    What is the big deal about the cottonwoods? To plant cottonwoods one just takes a 18″ piece of limb and shoves it in the ground and a tree grows. Using a 2 foot block works even better and all one has to do is bury it 3/4 under ground. . Having somewhere to get the raw materials and picking the correct habitat to place cottonwoods is the biggest challenge one has. Planting cottonwoods is about the cheapest and easiest tree there is. Doing stream restoration I have personally planted hundreds of cottonwood trees and supervised the planting of thousands with excellent success. If I can be of assistance I would love to help. I have been fishing the SF for a little over fifty years and would be glad to give something back to her.Willows are even easier.