Fishing Access Site Rehabitat

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Plants along streams play many important roles:
• Protecting stream banks from erosion
• Protecting or improving water quality by buffering stream from pollutants
• Providing shade, reducing water temperatures
• Slowing water flows and replenishing groundwater
• Providing habitat for fish and wildlife

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Project area, lacking vegetation

When Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) acquired the John Owen (Stevensville Bridge) Fishing Access Site in the Summer of 2021, the lack of streamside vegetation was noted. FWP is partnering with the Bitter Root Water Forum to rehabilitate the area.

The project area is densely planted with native trees and shrubs.  Fencing will protect the plants from wildlife and redirect foot traffic while the plants get established.  This project will help protect the site for future generations while maintaining river access for all to enjoy.