What We Do

Stream Restoration

By helping facilitate collaboration with our many partners, we are working to carry out a systematic, coordinated river ecosystem approach to watershed management and to maximize collaborative, administrative, technical and financial resources in the watershed. We engage in watershed restoration planning, and work to implement effective restoration through our watershed. Much of our work is focused on implementing stream restoration in priority drainages throughout the lower Clark Fork such as the Bull River, Prospect Creek, Vermilion River (shown above) and the Thompson River, which are important tributaries for native fish.

Maintenance and monitoring

Ecological restoration is an ongoing process.  For over 10 years, the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group has helped implement many watershed restoration projects on both private and public lands.  We recognize the importance of continued monitoring and maintenance of past projects, which allows us to utilize an adaptive management approach to restoration, learn what works – and what doesn’t, and to ensure better stewardship of our water resources into the future. In 2016, we began partnering with the Montana Conservation Corps to accomplish needed work on ongoing and past projects, especially in the Bull River drainage.

Outreach and engagement

Watersheds incorporate both public and private land. Therefore, individual landowners in addition to large public land holders like the Forest Service have a role to play in conserving watershed health. In addition to implementing on-the-ground projects, we also work to educate landowners on responsible stream management practices on their own properties. Contact us for more information or if you’re interested in what you can do on your property to promote watershed health.

What’s happening

  • LCFWG 2nd Quarter Meeting – June 14 February 20, 2018 - Mark your calendars! The Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group (LCFWG) 2nd Quarter Meeting will be on June 14 at 10:00 AM MST (Location TBD). Further details will be posted closer to the meeting date. Contact Brita at brita@lcfwg.org with questions.
  • Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan – February 20, 2018 Update February 20, 2018 - The initial draft of the Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan was completed on November 31st, 2017, and Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group (LCFWG) staff sent the document to the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana (SWCDM) and to all other major stakeholders in the watershed to be reviewed and revised. LCFWG staff accepted comments ... Read More
  • Film tour coming to Thompson Falls – April 28 February 8, 2018 - The Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group is partnering with Kaniksu Land Trust and Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited to bring the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) to the Rex Theatre in Thompson Falls, MT on April 28. Doors open at 6pm, show is at 7pm. "With an emphasis on the stories, characters and fisheries that ... Read More