MISSOULA – University of Montana ecological restoration program students are collaborating with Trout Unlimited in restoration of Ninemile Creek from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.
Students and volunteers will plant riparian vegetation, trim willow cuttings and collect aquatic insects. Members of the public are welcome to volunteer.
Volunteers will learn about the impacts of placer mining in Montana and the restoration challenges associated with heavy metal pollution and habitat fragmentation in watersheds. The group also will collect aquatic insects to help monitor the impacts of degradation from placer mining and overall restoration efficacy.
Placer mining has occurred in the Ninemile watershed since the mid-1800s. Trout Unlimited is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, reconnecting and restoring native trout fisheries across the United States, and the Montana chapter of TU has been restoring key sections of the Ninemile watershed for the past eight years.
“This will be a great chance for community members to participate in hands-on restoration, as well as learn about Trout Unlimited’s work to restore environmental damage in this area,” said UM ecological restoration student Collin Taylor.
This event is being organized as part of the UM’s restoration ecology capstone course.
Those interested in volunteering are asked to RSVP to Tanner Banks at email@example.com or 970-390-9492. Bring water, rubber boots or waders, work gloves, warm clothes and a lunch. Plan to meet at Exit 89 off Interstate 90 at 10 a.m. to caravan to the site. Snacks will be provided.