Montana Outdoors

Apr 28, 2013 11:02 AM by Bernie Riggs - KPAX News

Volunteers work on restoring Rock Creek

ROCK CREEK - The area where Rock Creek merges into the Clark Fork River is being restored to its original natural beauty.

The land was at one time going to be developed as a subdivision, but was bought by the Five Valley Land Trust in 2012.

Around 40 volunteers gathered at the site on Saturday to remove old farm debris, silt fencing and invasive weeds. Willow trees were replanted along the bank to prevent erosion.

The volunteer day was organized by six undergraduate students in the College of Forestry and Conservation's Ecological Restoration Program at the University of Montana.

"The site assessment that the six of us from UM are working on is supposed to kind of be the catalyst in some way for Five Valleys to then use that information to decide what they want to restore and prioritize in the future, so this is kind of the beginning of it all," explained student Leighton King.

Rock Creek is a popular spot for anglers and important habitat for native fish populations like the westslope cutthroat trout and the threatened bull trout.

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