John Owen Fishing Access Site REHABitat
Bank of the Bitterroot River in Stevensville at the John Owen Fishing Access Site at Stevensville Bridge
Restore riverside vegetation for wildlife habitat, river shading, riverside cohesion, and aesthetics.
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks acquired this fishing access site in 2021 and was concerned by lack of riverside vegetation. The area was historically used as a dump site and has since been used heavily by the public for river access, making it difficult for plant to establish themselves along the riverside.
Form thick webs of roots that hold land together, reducing erosion
Improve water quality by filtering pollutants
Create shade to keep waters cool for thriving native fish and other aquatic life
Help refill our underground water supply
Provide important habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife
Water Forum volunteers planted roughly 250 native trees and shrubs throughout the site in 2021.
Strategically installed fences to protect growing plants from foot traffic and wildlife browse.
Installed in 2022, a passive dripline system fed by a large water tank keeps plants efficiently watered.
2019 - Present
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
REHABitat area, lacking vegetation