About the RCWG

Founded in 2008 and officially recognized as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2011, the RCWG works to promote the preservation of Rattlesnake Creek through education, science, and stewardship. We are an open organization, attracting people with diverse perspectives, and relying on a grassroots, bottom-up approach to watershed management. A seven-member board of directors, a part-time coordinator, and three young and growing volunteer committees lead the organization. Our accomplishments within the last three years include restoring riparian habitat within Bugbee Nature Preserve, involving community, and building organizational capacity. With help from numerous school groups and community members, we removed two acres of invasive tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) and planted hundreds of native species in Bugbee. We’ve organized stream clean-up events and an annual tour of the Mt. Water Company dam fish ladder. We’ve worked to monitor water quality, and collect baseline water quantity, flow, and biological data for Rattlesnake Creek. And, we’ve built capacity through grants, a website, 501c3 status, and planning documents, including a habitat conservation plan, drought management plan, homeowner water efficiency plan, and a watershed action plan.

Our goal is to educate, inform, and engage the broader Missoula community in caring for the Rattlesnake Creek Watershed. For years, individuals and organizations have worked on the Creek’s behalf. We appreciate all of their efforts, and seek to add our voice and energy to the great history of community involvement in the Rattlesnake Creek Valley. We seek to coordinate efforts to restore the watershed and maintain its health for years to come. Our community guides the RCWG’s work. Please contact us with any questions, concerns, or ideas about the RCWG or Rattlesnake Creek Watershed.

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