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Community Connections: The Diane Moore Nature Center, Micron and the Boise River

Boise State recently announced a new clean water side-channel project along the Boise River at the Intermountain Bird Observatory’s Diane Moore Nature Center, known as IBO on the River.

Side channel construction will begin in fall 2021 and is expected to last 4-6 months.

With engineering support and funding from locally-based Micron Technology, a new river side-channel will improve water quality, reduce water temperature, recharge groundwater, improve fish and wildlife habitat, and mitigate flooding.

an angler (face off frame) wearing a fishing vest stands waist deep in the river, reaching down toward a splashing trout

“This incredible gift from Micron Technology will create a lasting legacy for the Treasure Valley that will serve its residents for generations to come, and will be the focus of IBO’s education and outreach activities,” said Gregory Kaltenecker, Diane and Winston Moore Family Endowed Director for IBO.

“The site will become a place to enjoy, learn about, respect and cherish the Boise River.”

IBO on the River includes more than 20 acres of riparian and upland habitat adjacent to the Boise River near Highway 21 in east Boise. It provides safe, easy access to outdoor learning, with plans for future interpretive trails, boardwalks, wildlife viewing structures and educational signage.

“Micron is proud to partner with Boise State University on its water conservation project to improve wildlife and reduce shared community water challenges,” said Linda Somerville, Corporate Vice President of Technology Development at Micron. “The project aligns with Micron’s sustainability goals to conserve water through efficiency, reuse and restoration and reflects Micron’s commitment to supporting our educational partners and STEM programs.”

Conceptual Map of the Diane Moore Nature Center shows the IBO property with outline of the route for the proposed new side channel on the northern edge of the parcel. The concept map shows possible trail locations and highlights three viewing blind locations on banks of the river. Text reads "conceptual master plan, Intermountain Bird Observatory". Three labeled concept sketches show a boardwalk, gravel interpretive path, and wildlife viewing structures
Conceptual Map of the Diane Moore Nature Center

Micron has a long history of collaborating with Boise State University through funding from the Micron Foundation, supporting engineering education, and expanding campus infrastructure. For example, the new Micron Center for Materials Research building will provide science researchers and students the materials and laboratory space to continue building expertise using nanomaterials on an industrial scale.

“The growth and unique trajectory of Boise State University is due, in part, to the generosity of Micron Technology,” said Dr. Marlene Tromp, University President.

She continued, “Higher education is key to helping communities thrive, and Micron’s support, particularly for our research endeavors, has helped position Boise State to lead in ways that positively impact our state, our region and beyond. We are truly grateful for this lasting partnership.”

Private, corporate and municipal support for the IBO is providing much of the infrastructure development for the center. Longtime Boise developer Winston Moore is an IBO benefactor. The center was named last year after his late wife, Diane. The City of Boise provided a $440,270 grant to build trails and boardwalks on the property. Fundraising for other infrastructure is ongoing.

a purple and white columbine flower blooms, surrounded by a protective mesh seedling cage
Colorado Columbine blooms in one of our experimental plots at the Diane Moore Nature Center. Photo Credit: Heidi Ware Carlisle

“The generosity of gifts to Boise State from donors like Micron and the Moore family help provide the needed funding for us to ensure we have educational programs and spaces that contribute toward the benefit of the entire community,” said Vice President for University Advancement Matthew Ewing.

Learn more about the Diane Moore Nature Center, including ways to support its programming.

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