Volunteering in the Bull River Valley

Above: Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group Coordinator, Brita Olson, installs wire fencing around a conifer tree to protect it from browse along the Bull River. Stands of willow and cottonwoods, established amongst reed canarygrass, are pictured in the background. Photo credit: Cate Huisman.   By Cate Huisman To the uninitiated, it’s hard to imagine how the […]

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Streamside revegetation efforts in the Bull River continue

By Brita Olson Every spring after the snow melts off in the valley, I make my way to the Bull River to check on the progress of ongoing revegetation efforts. Accessing the river by land is often a bit of a trek, as I have to cross stream adjacent wetlands and navigate around numerous beaver […]

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RFQ for GIS work in the Thompson River drainage

Photo Credit: Paul Parson, Trout Unlimited. The Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group (LCFWG), through partnership with Trout Unlimited, is seeking a GIS contractor to support planning efforts in the Thompson River Watershed beginning in Fall 2020. The LCFWG is working with regional partners to identify projects that reduce road impacts to the Thompson River, specifically […]

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Volunteers needed to help partners restore habitat in Fishtrap Creek

Above: Thompson River stakeholders from Montana Fish, Wildife & Parks, Weyerhaeuser, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and Lolo National Forest discuss proposed West Fork Fishtrap Creek Road Realignment Project while standing on the 600 ft section of West Fork Fishtrap Creek Road that would be removed, April 2018. PLAINS, Mont. – Multiple projects are […]

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RFPs issued for multiple projects in the Fishtrap Creek drainage

The Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group (LCFWG), in partnership with Trout Unlimited (TU), Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative (Y2Y), Lolo National Forest (LNF), Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), and NorthWestern Energy (NWE) is seeking qualified contractor(s) for the following three projects in the Fishtrap Creek drainage outside of Thompson Falls, MT. The LCFWG is coordinating […]

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Crow Creek Restoration Project completed

More than a decade ago, several agency partners rehabilitated a section of Crow Creek that had been impacted by the proximity of Bonneville Power Administration power lines. “If you look at that stretch now, you would think it’s a totally different place,” said Jason Blakney, fisheries biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park. “It just […]

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Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan is finalized!!!

Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group staff received final edits from Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for the Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan in early October 2019 and used these comments and edits, along with a few minor comments and edits received from local stakeholders, to finalize the watershed restoration plan. This final […]

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

NorthWestern Energy is requesting volunteers to help cut willows to be used on a bank stabilization project on Thompson Falls Reservoir.  The goal of the project is to stabilize the eroding bank, reduce the amount of sediment entering the reservoir, and to establish healthy riparian habitat for bugs, birds, and fish.  Getting enough dormant willow […]

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Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan – September 2019 Update

Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group (LCFWG) staff completed the Final Draft Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan (WRP) and submitted to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) near the end of August 2019 for a final review and document approval. The WRP was sent to local watershed stakeholders the same time for a […]

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Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan – May 2019 Update

Since our last update, the initial review period for the first full draft of the Lower Clark Fork Tributary Watershed Restoration Plan closed on April 30th 2019. Input was received from representatives from Avista, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Kootenai National Forest, and RC Resources. There will be another opportunity […]

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