Partners collaborate to enhance habitat in Fishtrap Creek

Working with partners and Milner Brothers Logging Co. out of Thompson Falls, the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group helped build 30+ log jams along a mile of Fishtrap Creek in the Thompson River Basin in July. The Milner’s cable yarding system hauled and placed over 100 logs in the stream to add cover and spawning gravels […]

Read More...

• • •

Grow habitat for pollinators in your own backyard

By Brita Olson When you imagine what “habitat” looks like, what comes to mind? For me, it is easy to picture the forested mountains and numerous rivers and streams of Sanders County, which many fish and wildlife species call home. However, for many pollinator species, you do not have to look any further than your […]

Read More...

• • •

RFP for Emma Creek Road Project

The Lower Clark Fork Watershed group (LCFWG), in partnership with the Kootenai National Forest, is seeking a contractor to provide equipment and labor for a road decommissioning project on Emma Creek, outside of Trout Creek, Montana. Please see the following RFP. Responses are due August 21, 2020. Any questions regarding the contract selection process can […]

Read More...

• • •

Enhancing habitat in Prospect Creek

This past week,  Forest Service sawyers, and partners with the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group, Trout Unlimited, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, built nine woody structures in Prospects Creek on the Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger District. The project was supported by Avista’s Clark Fork Settlement Agreement.  Wood structure is vital for fish habitat.Adding large woody material, […]

Read More...

• • •

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 […]

Read More...

• • •

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 […]

Read More...

• • •

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 […]

Read More...

• • •

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 […]

Read More...

• • •

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 […]

Read More...

• • •

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 […]

Read More...

• • •