Why riparian plants are so important

November 6, 2020

We're very excited about our proposed project at Skalkaho Bend Park. Over the past 25 years, the Bitterroot River at Skalkaho Bend Park has been migrating eastward, taking with it roughly one acre of park land every five years. “Roots Against Erosion” will slow erosional loss of park land habitat while simultaneously enhancing riparian habitat


The Bitterroot River is one of the most dynamic rivers in Montana. This means the channel “migrates” or moves back and forth within its floodplain. This meandering can create new channels and braids.

July 31, 2020

Last week Water Forum staff assisted in a study up the East Fork of the Bitterroot. The question is how beaver dams affect the movement of Bull trout in a stream.

Recently, restoration techniques mimicking beaver activity have grown in popularity. These techniques involve building a structure similar to a beaver dam, often called Beaver Dam Analog structures (BDAs).

June 11, 2020

Our Watershed Enhancement Team (WET) is getting ready to kickoff the 2020 field season!

WET is the volunteer group that helps maintain and monitor our various restoration projects throughout the Bitterroot Valley.

May 21, 2020

As students are wrapping up the school year by learning at home, our Earth Stewardship Program had to adjust as well. In years past, 7th grade students from Corvallis, Lone Rock, Victor, and Darby would join us for field trips in May.

This year, to bring components of the field trip to the students, we filmed community educators who would've had stations at the field trips at Bass Creek Recreational Area.

April 20, 2020

Our Clean Up All Year program is rolling out right on time for Earth Day. This year, stands with our reusable litter bags are at Fishing Access Sites throughout the Valley - getting bags in people's hands as soon as they head out to enjoy the river.

Celebrate Earth Day and get out on Wednesday, April 22nd to clean up.


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