"Thinking Like Beavers" "Thinking Like Beavers"

Training Hitch #1

  • June 05, 2018
  • Posted by Andrea Lielkoks

Two Wildland Restoration Teams headed out to Mt. Haggin near Anaconda for a 4-day hitch to work on streambed restoration.

From the get-go, our project sponsor Pedro had us jazzed on getting to play in the river. The area had been mined and clear-cut, so what had once been a wide, meandering runoff area is now a narrow, gouging stream. The goal was to minimize erosion and promote revegetation by slowing down and spreading out the stream. Most of this involved building dams to help trap sediment and slow down erosion. We started “thinking like beavers” and “thinking like water” to help with building more efficient dams.

By the second day, the crews really hit their stride and started getting more ambitious and creative with their dam building. Despite some cold, rainy weather that hit by day 3, the crews kept up the good work and built some impressive structures.

It was awesome to make an impact and work at the headwaters of the Clark Fork River us Missoulians know and love so much.


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