Grazing Management on Prickly Pear Creek
The Lake Helena Watershed Group helped a private landowner along Prickly Pear Creek, a tributary of Lake Helena, to install 0.4 miles of riparian fencing to keep cattle off of streambanks for the majority of the year. The landowner will use the riparian corridor as temporary pasture for approximately two weeks in the fall season. The project, led by the Watershed Group’s Big Sky Watershed Corps member, not only improved grazing operations, but it also decreased the amount of sediment and nutrient pollution into Prickly Pear Creek. Decreasing pressures from livestock on the riparian area will also ensure the success of a streambank restoration and fish passage project located on the property, conducted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and River Design Group in the fall of 2018. This project directly addresses the Lake Helena Watershed Restoration Plan.