What We Do
By helping facilitate collaboration with our many partners, we are working carry out a systematic, coordinated river ecosystem approach to watershed management and to maximize collaborative, administrative, technical and financial resources in the watershed. Much of our work is focused on implementing stream restoration in priority drainages throughout the lower Clark Fork such as the Bull River, 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.
- 2017 Bull River Calendar October – Rangers at Work October 1, 2017 - Read more about the 2017 Bull River Calendar and the historical images that it features here!
- 2017 Bull River Calendar September – Landscape of Fire September 1, 2017 - Read more about the 2017 Bull River Calendar and the historical images that it features here!
- Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan – August 23 Update August 25, 2017 - Thank you to everyone that has participated in the development process and online survey for the Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan. So far we have had a total of 12 people respond to our survey. It is very important to us that we receive input from our local landowners and water users during this planning ... Read More