BOISE — Boise came together as a community to remove invasive species and plant new shrubs in the popular Hulls Gulch Reserve on Saturday.
This initiative started with foothills restoration specialist Martha Brabec who secured a grant from Zoo Boise to remove russian olive plants, an invasive species that has taken over the landscape in Hulls Gulch.
From there Rotary District 5400 purchased new shrubs that are native to Idaho and a whole army of volunteers showed up on Saturday to plant them in the ground.
"The nice thing about these plants is that they have nice erosion control," said Laurie Zuckerman of Rotary District 5400. "They help the habitat and it just makes it a nicer place for all of us to enjoy."
The volunteers also included a boy scout who is working towards earning his Eagle Scout badge.
"I really appreciate these areas, the scenary is really beautiful and it wouldn't be good to see all these areas get destroyed by ugly plants that nobody like and are an invasive species," said Adam Bogatko of Troop 100.