Miller Creek Landowners Recognized for Decade of Restoration Work; Wildlife Returns

Miller Creek Landowners Recognized for Decade of Restoration Work; Wildlife Returns

News Type: State Source: Missoula Current
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South of the burgeoning metropolis of Missoula, more houses are mushrooming up along Miller Creek Road as it climbs into the hills east of the Bitterroot River.

Follow that road as it winds east to parallel its namesake stream, and the buildings finally begin to dwindle. But before they do, Miller Creek looks a little forlorn in spots, its bare banks trampled, resembling a ditch more than a mountain stream.

The canyon eventually closes in, cradling the creek between forested slopes. Then, a few miles beyond the Inez Creek trailhead, the valley widens a bit, allowing the alder-lined creek to meander through large open fields belonging to the Spooner Creek Ranch.