Boise Grant Project Brings Conservationists And Refugees Together

Sep 5, 2017

A conservation group will work with refugees to protect a wetland area owned by the City of Boise.

Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve near Maple Grove and Chinden is a 44-acre plot of land that’s home to birds and other animals.

Through a federal grant, the reserve could also help connect refugees to the Treasure Valley’s open spaces. Tim Brewer is the Executive Director for the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley.

“There’s two things that are really cool about living here. One is our easy access to nature and the other is our welcoming approach to visitors including the refugee community. So we thought it would be really interesting to show them a little more about these natural areas; this place that they now call home.”

Along with the Boise River Enhancement Network, the land trust will use the grant to grow and plant native species in the reserve – working alongside displaced people from around the world. Brewer says his organization has worked with school-aged refugees, but thought this project would be a good fit for adults.
He says they’re hoping to start the project sometime in October.

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