Florence teens survey restoration of Lolo Creek

By Jayme Fraser
The Missoulian
October 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…With the help of volunteers — including Florence-Carlton High School students — the Clark Fork Coalition and the Lolo Watershed Group planted more than 1,000 plants along 840 feet of Lolo Creek in April 2016 as part of an effort to restore riparian habitats razed by the 2013 Lolo Creek complex fire. Vanessa Hafich’s Rocky Mountain ecology class returned to the sites later that summer and again on Wednesday to survey their work. “Take your time and do a good job,” Katie Racette reminded one group. “Because this is data we’re using for real.” The restoration project was funded by a grant from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. That project includes reporting requirements to ensure the work was completed, to gauge the success of spending and to inform future conservation decisions for the area.

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