What We Do
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. Since its formation, 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 as well as large public land managers like the United States 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.
- Healthy Riparian Guide: Conserving & Managing Streamside Vegetation September 21, 2018 - Check out this new resource put together by the Missoula Conservation District. While focused on the Middle Clark Fork River Basin, this guide provides an overview of riparian health that is applicable downstream in the Lower Clark Fork and across Montana. Click on the cover below to access.
- Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan – September 2018 Update September 14, 2018 - Development of the Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan has continued steadily throughout this year since the initial stakeholder meeting was held on February 15th. This plan is being modeled off of the recently completed Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan, so much of the introductory language could be transferred into this updated plan, while ... Read More
- Spring maintenance and planting in the Bull River June 30, 2018 - This May and June, partners were actively working in the Bull River drainage to continue revegetation efforts along the mainstem. Working with the Green Mountain Conservation District, Kootenai National Forest, and Montana Conservation Corps (MCC), the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group helped plant over 1,000 trees and shrubs. Additional work included monitoring the condition of ... Read More