East Fork family restores riverbanks

SULA — Even from a distance, it’s easy to spot that something isn’t quite right on this stretch of the East Fork of the Bitterroot.

Upstream, old-growth cottonwoods grace the riverbanks. Downstream is a large grove of willows. But this 250-foot middle stretch holds no mature trees. Its banks instead are lined with heaps of rocks, put there decades ago in the hopes of keeping the East Fork in place.