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Chicken wire helps protect trees along the Boise River from beavers

Posted at 10:40 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 00:40:29-04

Lots of trees along the Boise River are wrapped in chicken wire.
Ever wonder what it's for?
The folks from Stantec Consulting learned first hand as they helped spruce up the Boise River near the Shakespeare Festival.

"We work for communities in idaho and across the globe and we want to make sure we're putting back in those communities and this is an opportunity for that," says Michael Fuss with Stamntec Consulting
They ripped out invasive species,
Planted new flowers and shrubs
And cut a lot of chicken wire.
"We're wrapping chicken wire around the trees to protect them from beavers chewing them down." explains Liz Paul with the Boise River Enhancement Network.

Turns out, some parts of nature just don't have a place around urban secitions of the river.
"You can't always let mother nature have it's way and one of the challenges is the beavers." says Paul, "They love cottonwood trees, they just love them."
But a good wrapping of chicken wire makes for an instant toothache.
And keeps the Boise River running right.