Bitterroot River High Water

Photo credit: Jesse Wallace and Alyssa Gulley, 2018 using our Phantom 4 Pro Drone

May 10, 2018 approx. 15,000 cfs The Bitterroot River is high! We are about a half foot below flood stage at Bell Crossing.  This photo is from River Park with the track and Bitterroot College in the background.

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Effective Ecological Restoration Monitoring Workshop

A Workshop on “Effective Ecological Restoration Monitoring” will be held at the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana on May 17-18, 2018.

Topics will include (1) developing a solid framework for monitoring, (2) appropriate scale and level of effort to produce useful information, and (3) statistically sound sampling design and data analysis. The first day will include lectures and discussion and the second day will be a combination of field exercises and data analysis in the computer lab.

Instructors: Cara Nelson, Associate Professor of Restoration Ecology, University of Montana; Amy Sacry, Senior Restoration Ecologist, Geum Environmental Consulting; and Tom Parker, Principal Ecologist and President, Geum Environmental Consulting.

For more details and to register, click here.

By |February 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Effective Ecological Restoration Monitoring Workshop

Madison River American white pelican

Photo credit: Tom Parker, 2017

In late August, we floated the Madison River between Earthquake Lake and Varney Bridge, identifying riparian restoration opportunities for the Madison River Foundation.  Along the way, we encountered these regal American white pelicans.  Learn more about this project here:

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East Fork Bitterroot River Bank Revegetation

Photo credit: Tom Parker, 2017

Geum staff working with the Bitter Root Water Forum to install willow cuttings and transplants in an offset bank treatment along the East Fork Bitterroot River. By increasing the extent and function of riparian vegetative communities along the river corridor we are able to address thermal and sediment impairments identified in the East Fork Bitterroot River TMDL. This vegetation will help to buffer against sediment and nutrient inputs by slowing surface water, capturing fine sediment, increasing water retention in the soil, and providing aquatic habitat.

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Shiloh Conservation Area Wetlands

Photo credit: Tom Parker, 2017

Winter wetlands provide habitat for waterfowl at Shiloh Conservation Area in Billings in this January 30, 2017 photo. This project was constructed in 2015, and Geum designed the wetlands, working with DOWL LLC, Land Design Inc. and the City of Billings, using native eastern Montana wetlands as reference.

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What is Geum?

Geum triflorum, commonly known as prairie smoke or old man’s whiskers, is a native plant in Montana.

Photo credit: Karissa M. Ramstead, 2011.

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