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When we moved to Boise in the mid-1980s we each found something to love about our new community. For one, it was the historic buildings and neighborhoods, and for the other, the river and the foothills. We believed we were fortunate to settle in a town that valued both cultural and natural resources. In the more than twenty-five years that we have called Boise home, we have observed the ways in which residents and visitors appreciate, value, and advocate for their environment. That appreciation has alternately surprised, disappointed, and delighted us.

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This document was originally published in Boise @ One Five Zero: Essays and Poems from the City of Trees by Donning Compay Publishers, edited and compiled for the Boise City Department of Arts & History. Copyright restrictions may apply.