When finished, the stabilized stream bank will greatly mitigate sediment delivery from the trail directly into the creek. Recreation access from the trail to the creek will also be incorporated in to the project, according to Al Hilshey, Missoula Ranger District Natural Resources Specialist.
“When the project is completed the site will reduce impacts to water quality and also allow creek access where people will be able to sit near the creek and let their dog or horses get a drink, “Hilshey said. “That access that is so popular at that particular spot will continue – we are just fixing, stabilizing, the heavily eroded and impacted stream bank.”
The Lolo National Forest has worked with several groups to design, fund or provide feedback on the project and the existing condition at the site. Those partners include: Missoula County Resource Advisory Committee, Western Native Trout Initiative, Rattlesnake Watershed Group, and GEUM Environmental Consulting.
Hikers, skiers, runners and other people recreating along the main 515 Trail may experience short delays while the work is ongoing and while heavy equipment is operating.
For additional information on this project please contact Al Hilshey at (406) 329-3962.