Revegetating 5,000 feet of the East Fork

Since 2011, with the help of amazing volunteers, BRWF has completed five restoration projects to revegetate 5,000 feet of the East Fork. Our fifth and final project was completed Spring of 2016 and was funded by the Ravalli County Resource Advisory Council.

 

Why Revegetate? Because thermal loading and sedimentation are the main impairments to the East Fork of the Bitterroot River, a vegetated riparian buffer would likely contribute to a reduction in stream temperature through shading and function as a sediment trap, thereby reducing the amount of sediment and non-point source pollution delivered to the stream from the highway. The project will increase the size and quality of the riparian buffer in an area where existing vegetation mainly consist of herbaceous species.