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.