Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan – March 2018 Update

The Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan has been finalized and accepted! The final draft of the Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan was sent to all contributing stakeholders as well as Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for review on January 31. We received minor comments from DEQ in February along with their letter of acceptance. […]

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Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan – March 2018 Update

The Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group (LCFWG) officially kicked off development of  an update to the Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan on February 15th with an initial stakeholder meeting to discuss general development goals and objectives. Ten stakeholder organizations were represented at the initial stakeholder meeting, including: LCFWG (board and staff), Avista, Bull […]

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LCFWG 2nd Quarter Meeting – June 14

Join us for our regular 2nd Quarter Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group Meeting at the Green Mountain Conservation District Office (2952 HWY 200, Trout Creek, MT) at 10:00 AM MST the morning of Thursday, June 14, 2018. In the afternoon, we will continue watershed restoration planning discussion to inform an update to the Lower Clark Fork […]

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Thompson River Watershed Restoration Plan – February 2018 Update

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 […]

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Film tour coming to Thompson Falls – April 28

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 […]

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LCFWG 1st Quarter Meeting – February 15

Please note that the 1st Quarter Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group (LCFWG) meeting will be held on February 15 at 10:00 AM MST at the Green Mountain Conservation District office (2952 Hwy 200, Trout Creek, MT).  Call-in information will be sent out prior to the meeting – contact Brita if you would like to be included on this). […]

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Roots: Bringing back the Bull River

Today, the Bull River is lacking in native shrubs and trees along its river banks. Loss of riparian forest, modified hydrology and highly competitive reed canarygrass limit the natural regeneration of other species. A healthy river is lined with diverse vegetation which has varied root systems that hold streambanks intact (in addition to providing important […]

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Your Best Waters – United States Forest Service

National Forest service lands make up a huge portion of the Lower Clark Fork Watershed. Both the Kootenai and Lolo National Forests are key partners in protecting, enhancing, and restoring our water resources – and the species that depend them. In fact, the forest service stewards approximately 1/10 of the total land and watershed area […]

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2017 in review: Miners Gulch Project

After reconstructing the Miners Gulch reach of the Vermilion River in 2016 (shown below), the Kootenai National Forest completed an extensive re-vegetation effort along the newly constructed channel and surrounding 11 acre floodplain in 2017.  All materials were flown into the project site via helicopter. This include all plants (400 cottonwoods), 1600 t-posts and about […]

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2017 in review: Activities in the Bull River valley

Over the past year, Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group (LCFWG) members working to establish increased vegetation along the Bull River have both continued maintaining/enhancing past re-vegetation efforts as well as completed implementation of a multi-year project funded through the Green Mountain Conservation District. Continued implementation Over the last few years, 89 re-vegetation exclosures have been […]

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