Wetland Peace Preserve Becoming Reality
It started as a seed of an idea — to concentrate Treasure Valley Rotarians earth stewardship volunteerism to one location. By planting, watering, weeding and otherwise nurturing the environment, we could see our progress if our efforts weren’t scattered among various places.
 
That seed was then watered with our desire for peace building, and the idea of peace poles with featured flora, fauna and inspirational messages germinated. The Boise Parks & Recreation Department allowed us to adopt an 18 acre registered riparian wetland adjacent to the popular Boise Greenbelt and Willow Lanes Athletic Complex. John Lodal, Boise Sunrise president elect and Steering Committee Member, decided to donate many of the preserve’s amenities and do a tireless farmer’s share of the labor to make the vision a reality. The seed has broken ground and is growing fast into the Wetland Peace Park in honor of Pam Lodal.
 
The preserve isn’t open yet — there’s still so much work to do. But the Steering Committee is making real progress. Treasure Valley Rotary clubs and programs are sponsoring 16 peace poles among them. Each peace pole will be placed along a path and provide a unified interpretive experience. For their sponsored peace poles, clubs choose an animal, a plant and a brief sentiment like “building community.” The flora and fauna will be described, and the sentiment will be translated into several languages to illustrate Rotary’s international importance.
 
As we wait expectantly for the peace preserve to flower, you have monthly opportunities to help out. Mark the fourth Saturday of each month to volunteer with family, friends and fellow Rotarians. Watch this video to learn more, and check out the District 5400 website frequently to get updates on these volunteer events. Scroll down to the Environmental Sustainability box at the bottom of the homepage and click the Events icon. You’ll find opportunities for each season!