A Hillside Restored

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Walking up a winding trail early in the morning, I make my way through waist high bitterbrush, sagebrush, rabbitbrush and native bunchgrasses. The balsamroot is starting to bloom and tiny biscuitroots have popped up. It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago this hillside, tucked between homes in Boise’s Northend, was nothing but a big patch of cheatgrass and cereal rye. This amazing transformation has been a labor of love by Anne and Alan Hausrath. It’s an inspiring demonstration that our foothills can, with help, return from weeds to the native plants that have grown here for millennia.  5-1-15

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May 30, 2015