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Implementation

We provide construction oversight and use heavy equipment to mitigate and restore roads including:

• Road maintenance Best Management Practices

• Culvert upgrade

• Road and culvert storm proofing

• Road decommissioning

• Stream crossing restoration

Highlighted Projects:

East Fork Lolo Creek Restoration, Lolo National Forest, MT

We worked with Clark Fork Coalition and the Forest Service to restore 20 stream crossings and miles of roads in this key bull trout creek.  The lands were former Plum Creek timberlands which were recently transferred to public ownership.  InRoads inventoried high priority roads and used Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model to estimate the amount sediment generated from the road system.  Restoring the crossings and roads in this project was estimated to reduce erosion by 11.44 tons a year and keep 2.44 tons of sediment from entering the creek each year – greatly benefiting bull trout and other aquatic organisms.  InRoads also provided excavator training and construction oversight.

 

Stream crossing restoration on California Creek, MT.

We worked with Watershed Consulting LLC to restore a stream crossing in the headwaters of the Big Hole River.  This culvert was almost completely blocked and had catastrophically failed delivering yards of sediment into this blue ribbon fishing stream.  We removed the culvert, recontoured the banks, and revegetated the slopes.  This treatment will reduce the chronic sediment from this site and restore fish passage.  For more information of the benefits of stream crossing restoration on fish, view this research article we coauthored in the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.

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