Sometimes, habitat for elk, mule deer, moose, wild turkey, fish and other wildlife species needs a helping hand. Two summer projects sponsored by the Southwest Montana Sagebrush Project, of which the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a member, plan to do just that. And more volunteers are needed.
A twofer is scheduled for July 15, 2023, near Dillon, Montana. Volunteers will build rock structures to slow and spread the flow of water across a meadow to improve forage. They will also remove old fencing to ease wildlife passage. Crew members will meet in town before traveling to the project site. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to help.
A creek restoration project is scheduled for August 19, 2023, also near Dillon but this effort is more involved. Participants will need to camp the night before or drive early in the morning and then hike one to two miles to the project site. Once there, they will build woody structures that help regenerate willows and wetland habitat.
The Southwest Montana Sagebrush Project is a collaboration between state and federal agencies, private landowners and several nonprofit organizations.
Click here to sign up to help and for more information.
(Photo credit: Southwest Montana Sagebrush Project)