Monthly Archives: April 2015

Rattlesnake Creek Bank Revegetation

newly-planted pine seedling inside the fenced bank stabilization areaIf you’ve hiked up the main trail in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area, you’ve noticed the fenced off area just downstream from the “horse bridge”.  Last year RCWG joined forces with the Lolo N.F. to plant trees and shrubs within that fenced off area where the streambank was rebuilt.  The broadleaved shrubs (wild rose, willow, dogwood, etc.) that we planted last year all seem pretty well established, but sadly, the ponderosa pine seedlings experienced frost damage and mostly died off during the year.  So last week we went back up with some fresh young trees to try again.

These little pines will need some extra watering to make it through the coming summer.  If you’re hiking by and notice that they look dry, please drop us a line and we’ll send someone out.  Better yet, you can join us as a volunteer–we’ve got some watering cans stashed nearby.  Send us an email and we’ll send you some more information–there are a couple dozen ponderosa seedlings and some of them are a little hard to find among the branches and downed trees that are providing extra cover on the site.

The Lolo N.F. specialists will determine when it’s time to take down the fencing–it’ll probably stay up through this year.

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Marshall Woods Field Trips

The public comment period has been extended for the Marshall Woods Environmental Assessment. You have until the end of this month (April 30th) to submit substantive comments on the plan.  One (or two) way(s) to learn more about the project would be to join a guided field trip of parts of the project.

Image from the Lolo N.F. Marshall Woods Restoration Project information page (click on image for link to pdf document). This graphic is used by project proponents to illustrate the potential improvement in ecological "resilience" of managed forests in this region.

Image from the Lolo N.F. Marshall Woods Restoration Project information page (click on image for link to pdf document). This graphic is used by project proponents to illustrate the potential improvement in ecological “resilience” of managed forests in this region.

Specialists from the Lolo Restoration Committee and the Lolo N.F. Missoula Ranger District will lead field trips on Tuesday, April 14th (5-8 p.m.) and Saturday, April 18th (1-5 p.m.).  The Tuesday trip will start near the Main Rattlesnake Trailhead; the Saturday trip will take place adjacent to Marshall Canyon near the Woods Gulch (Section 31) portion of the project area. Note: Saturday trip will meet at Eastgate Shopping Center at 1:00, travel in F.S. shuttle vehicles to field trip.

For additional information please consult the project information page which has links to the full Environmental Assessment and an updated list of FAQs. This is an important project that will have impacts (both positive and negative) on the ecosystems and the recreational users of the Rattlesnake NRA, Woods Gulch and Marshall Canyon areas.