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Thank You to Our Upper Deer Creek Restoration Project Volunteers!

This Earth Day, the Gallatin River Task Force is celebrating the incredible success of the Upper Deer Creek restoration project, and a huge part of that success goes to our amazing volunteers!

Healthy Rivers, Healthy Planet

Clean water is essential for life on earth, and our rivers play a vital role in filtering pollutants and keeping our ecosystems healthy. Native trees and shrubs planted along waterways act as natural filters, preventing pollution from reaching the water we drink and the habitat of countless species.

Upper Deer Creek Transformed

The Upper Deer Creek project transformed a once-damaged area into a thriving section of the Gallatin River. Thanks to volunteers, we were able to:

  • Plant 380 native trees and shrubs
  • Reseed barren areas
  • Decommission unused roads
  • Build improved parking areas
  • Create a designated boat launch, fishing platform, and accessible trail
  • Install educational signs

These efforts will have a lasting impact on the health of the river for years to come.

Before and After

Upper Deer Creek Before 1

Site conditions before the restoration project included unmanaged vehicle access causing damage to riparian vegetation and increasing the amount of sediment and other pollutants entering the river.

Two designated parking areas were developed which include erosion control features, a vegetated buffer between the river and the parking lot, and boulders to prevent driving along the river’s edge.

Big Sky Volunteer Power!

Thank You to Our Upper Deer Creek Restoration Project Volunteers!

 

A dedicated team of 52 volunteers played a crucial role in the Upper Deer Creek project. Their hard work and passion for our rivers are truly inspiring.

Get Involved This Earth Day!</p>
<p>Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day and give back to your community? We'd love to have you join our team! There are many ways to get involved with the Gallatin River Task Force, from volunteering in the field to attending educational events.</p>
<p>Visit our Upcoming Events Page to learn more!

Get Involved This Earth Day!

Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day and give back to your community? We’d love to have you join our team of volunteers! There are many ways to get involved with the Gallatin River Task Force, from participating on projects in the field to attending educational events.

 

Thank You to Our Upper Deer Creek Restoration Project Volunteers!

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