Prickly Pear Land Trust Close to Completing Sevenmile Creek Project, After Birdseye Fire Burned Area

Prickly Pear Land Trust Close to Completing Sevenmile Creek Project, After Birdseye Fire Burned Area

News Type: State Source: KTVH Helena
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HELENA — After nearly five years of planning and construction, a major stream restoration project outside Helena is nearly complete – in spite of September’s Birdseye Fire burning directly through the project area.

Prickly Pear Land Trust acquired a 358-acre property along Sevenmile Creek in 2016. Their goal has been to return the creek and its historic floodplain to a more natural condition.

On Sept. 2, high winds blew the Birdseye Fire east into the Helena Valley. Much of what burned was on the Sevenmile property. PPLT estimates the fire destroyed vegetation on about 330 acres – though they noted the areas where they had already completed stream work were less affected.