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.

“It was channelized by the DNRC (Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation) back when people thought that was a good idea,” says Heather Barber, executive director of the nonprofit Bitter Root Water Forum. “It was disconnected from its flood plain, making it a lot harder for vegetation to exist.”

Continue reading the Ravalli Republic article here.

Featured Posts

Something Isn’t Working…

Refresh the page to try again.Error: 23ea5d292af54799994b7823c4c11cef
Recent Posts
Search By Tags

Something Isn’t Working…

Refresh the page to try again.Error: 5f93a6d67dcb4991bd0578c0e60e7f1c
Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square