Volunteers Needed for Plant Project

April 23, 2009

Peter Nielsen of the Missoula County Health Department reports that volunteers are needed on Saturday May 9 to help plant native shrubs and trees at the site of the newly rebuilt pedestrian bridge over the Blackfoot River in the Milltown Gateway area.

Volunteers should meet at the west end of the Milltown pedestrian bridge at 9 a.m. for a half-day of physical work. Volunteers will help dig holes using power augers and hand tools, haul compost in carts, plant and water shrubs. Some tools will be provided, but bring gloves and shovels, picks and/or digging bars if you have them. Lunch will be provided. Please call Judy Matson at 258-6335 or 370-5929 or Peter Nielsen at 258-4968 to sign up in advance.

Missoula County recently completed construction of the new pedestrian bridge in Milltown. The construction site has been hydro seeded with annual and perennial grasses, which will start to germinate and grow in the coming weeks. On May 9 volunteers will plant up to 200 native shrubs and trees — including snowberry, buffalo berry, golden currant and ponderosa pine — on the banks the river on both ends of the pedestrian bridge. Throughout the summer volunteer stewards can assist with weeding and watering of the plants to ensure that they prosper and grow. In the fall, an additional planting of water loving species including willows and water birches will be completed near the river.

Experts from the state’s restoration program will be on hand to explain how the project fits in to the larger restoration plans for the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers. The event is sponsored by Missoula County, the Missoula Water Quality District, the Milltown Superfund Redevelopment Working Group, and the state of Montana’s Clark Fork Restoration program.

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