Voice of the River

Volunteer to Safeguard Streambanks at Moose Creek Flat

Help the Gallatin River Task Force and the Custer Gallatin National Forest preserve the Gallatin River for generations to come. Join us for a volunteer project on Monday, May 21st at 9:30 AM to install fencing around streamside vegetation planted at Moose Creek Flat. This opportunity is part of a long-term effort to improve river health and public safety in Gallatin Canyon.

Moose Creek Flat is a popular day use area with failing streambanks and disorganized trails caused by heavy recreational use. The project will prevent erosion by rebuilding streambanks; restoring streamside vegetation; building trails and fencing to concentrate river use; and installing a boat ramp, kayak launch, and stairs to access the river. Work at Moose Creek broke ground in fall 2017 and will be completed in spring 2018.

Video of volunteers planting native streamside plants (conifers, snowberries, willows, aspens, and roses) at Moose Creek Flat on May 1, 2018. On May 21, volunteers will build on this work by installing a fence to keep river lovers off of the tender, baby plants.

Volunteers will help to build approximately 1,000 feet of fence to protect streamside vegetation installed in early May. The team will pre-drill fence rails and then secure the rails to the fence posts with wood screws.

Please wear weather-appropriate clothing, work gloves, close-toed shoes, and eye protection. If you have extra tools, please bring a cordless drill and drill bits (¼ inch and torx size 40). Be prepared to get dirty!

Volunteers are welcome to join for an hour or two or to stay for the morning. Please RSVP to jack@gallatinrivertaskforce.org for more information and logistics.

We hope to see you on the river!

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