Our second hitch out to Mill Creek was empowering, as we hit our stride with the construction of a particularly large set of post-assisted log jams. Partnering with Trout Unlimited and with the help of ranch owners Mark and Megan, we maneuvered logs into 3-4 layered structures with the goal of improving habitat for Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. The PALs won’t be fully put to the test until next spring's snow melt, when the rushing creek waters will be redirected by the obstacles, scouring out the riverbed and encouraging a more dynamic habitat.
We on the crew are proud of the work we accomplished to restore this stream that has historically been “tamed” for use in agriculture and mining. We’re grateful for the private ranch owners for allowing the first phase of this restoration project to begin on their property.