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Girl Scouts plant trees along the South Fork of the Boise River to restore the habitat

A Mountain Home Girl Scout troop and Trout Unlimited teamed up to plant 3,300 trees and shrubs near the South Fork of the Boise River Saturday, according to Pam Harrington, spokesperson for Trout Unlimited, a conservation organization.

"It was a good experience with them. The reason we do it is obviously to help the environment and make the world a better place," she said. "Also (for) a sense of community and getting to know new people. "

About 72 volunteers headed out to the South Fork of the Boise River by 9 a.m. Saturday and planted trees until 4:30 p.m., Harrington said.

They stuck willows, cottonwoods and shrubs in the ground to replace flora that had been burned out. The area was previously damaged by wildfires, so the trees will help restore the habitat, Harrington said.

This was the first time Trout Unlimited had partnered with the Girl Scouts and it was a success, she said.

"It was a fantastic day," she said.