Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Trout Unlimited Burnt Fork Revegetation project – volunteers are needed in the Bitterroot

Your help on this project will have an immediate positive impact on the health of the Burnt Fork! Over the past year, Trout Unlimited installed a mile of riparian fencing on the Ellison Cattle Company property, just East of Stevensville. In June, more volunteers helped plant areas near the stream with riparian vegetation to provide shade and stabilize the streambank.

Now, with the hot weather, it is critical to make sure the new plants have enough water to survive and take hold. If you have time and the inclination to help, the plants need water. Volunteers will be asked to tote 5 gallon buckets (or whatever you can carry) to the thirsty plants. The section closest to the Eastside Highway has the driest plants. In late July, there was still about an 80% survival rate which is pretty good. Please help Montana and Bitter Root Trout Unlimited save these plants that we worked so hard to install. Thank you to Ellison Cattle Company for partnering with us on this important project.

To help and get more information, please email Bitter Root Trout Unlimited President, Cassie Buhl at

Location of project:
Ellison Cattle Company Inc
Jean Ellison
4171 Eastside Highway
Stevensville, MT 59870-6693 click here for map

Additional information contact:
Heather Whiteley
Project Manager
Trout Unlimited
111 N. Higgins
Suite 500
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 531-8657

Sept 8, 2012 share in the Bitterroot's legacy of clean water

West Fork of the Bitterroot River
The Bitterroot’s Legacy of Clean Water…

There are many places in the world with severely polluted water.  Places where you couldn’t imagine swimming in the water, let alone drinking it.  Here in the Bitterroot Valley, we have access to clean water and BRWF plans to keep it that way—and we need your help! 

Nearly 100 volunteers are needed to clean up more than 100 floatable miles of the Bitterroot!  Grab a trash bag from a local fly shop and walk or float a stretch of river with family and friends while you do your part to help keep our water clean. 

With years of collecting everything from fishing poles and parts of canoes to car doors and bed mattresses, the Bitterroot River Clean-Up from Sula to Missoula has been an integral part of keeping our river beautiful.

At 4:00pm, turn in your bag of trash and join us for the volunteer celebration BBQ at Angler’s Roost.  Enjoy live music from Kirby Erickson and his three piece band and help yourself to burgers and brats - free to all clean up participants!  BBQ and music open to non-participants for a $5 suggested donation. 

What better way to enjoy one of the last days of summer then on the river with family and friends, making a difference in our community? 

To sign-up and get more details, call us at 375-2272 or e-mail us at  Please RSVP if you want to help out – we need to know where to station all volunteers!

Thanks for Rooting for Riverfest in the Root!

2012 marked the second successful Riverfest in the Root!  Thanks to everyone who turned out and had a great day celebrating our river.  We would like to take a moment to once again thank our generous sponsors who helped make Riverfest in the Root a great success!  Special thanks goes to:

GlaxoSmithKline  ~  Bitterroot Conservation District  ~  The Rapp Family Foundation

Allegra  ~  Big Sky Tents  ~  Blacksmith Brewing Company  ~  Evans Ace Hardware  ~  Fly Fishs Eddy O  ~  Geum Environmental Consulting  ~ 
Greener Montana Property Management, LLC.  ~  Kinetico   ~  Osprey Outfitters  ~  Pigman Builders  ~  The Trail 103.3  ~  Western Flies and Guides

And a big thanks to all of our dedicated and hard working volunteers who made Riverfest in the Root such a success!  Special thanks to:

Keystone to Discovery Afterschool Program  ~  Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Resources (B.E.A.R)  ~ Montana Conservation Corps

Between the Watershed Trailer, an exotic animal presentation, and music from Joan Zen and her Funky 5 Piece Band, the day was filled with fun and smiles for everyone! We are lucky to have such a beautiful park in our community and people who strive to protect our water resources.

Thank you for supporting BRWF and we look forward to providing our third annual (and free!) Riverfest in the Root next year!

Heather Mullee

Executive Director
Bitter Root Water Forum
Clean Water: All Users, All Generations

P.O. Box 1247
Hamilton, MT  59840