Lolo Watershed Group Timeline & Accomplishments:

Sept. 2002     Held first public meeting (sponsored by Montana Trout) to see if there was enough local interest to establish a watershed group

March 2003    Formed first ad-hoc committee to establish workplan, set up organizational structure, and generate local involvement

April 2003       Hosted first Watershed Fair at Lolo Community Center for water agencies to share information and resources

Aug. 2003       Conducted a Streamside Walk on Lolo Creek

Sept. 2003      Formed first Steering Committee; Developed first mission statement

May 2004       Adopted organizational ground rules and operating principles

June 2004       Adopted membership fee structure

Published the Lolo Creek Resource Assessment:

A Report on the conditions, Status and Land Use History of the Lolo Creek Watershed by John Zelazny

July 2004        Hosted tour of trout habitat restoration sites on Lolo Creek near Woodman School

March 2005     LWG approved for incorporation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

April 2005       Hosted first Earth Day Fair at the Lolo Community Center

June 2005       Hosted a Forest Restoration workshop: topics included the future of logging, forest restoration, re-vegetation considerations, ecological principles & techniques, and funding; included a field tour of potential road closure sites in upper Lolo Creek

Aug. 2005       Conducted first demonstration project to enhance trout habitat (in partnership with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the Lolo National Forest and the Trout Conservancy; funded by the MT Assn of Conservation District’s LEP program)

Installed “Moose Crossing” signs on Hwy 12 near Lolo Hot Springs to minimize wildlife/vehicle collisions (in partnership with MT Dept of Transportation)

Established a fund to pay for maintenance and repairs of fish screens installed on irrigation diversions: 40% of all LWG membership fees automatically go to the fund

Nov. 2005        Hosted a Chili-Feed/Silent Auction as a joint fundraiser with Lolo Days, Inc.

Jan. 2006        Published The Creeks of Lolo Creek: A Report on the Tributary Streams of Lolo Creek’s Watershed by John Zelazny

April 2006        Coordinated a re-vegetation workday at the Lolo NF’s Earl Tenant Recreation Site

Hosted second Earth Day Fair at the Lolo Community Center

July 2006         Reviewed and commented on Lolo National Forest Management Plan

Aug. 2006        Updated mission statement (to current statement)

Nov. 2006        Hosted 2nd Chili Feed/Silent Auction as a joint fundraiser with the WildWest Institute and the Lolo Community Club

Conducted 1st Lolo Creek Landowner Assessment Tour, the first stage of mitigation to help four local residents address erosion problems on their properties; with support from Geum Consulting and Lolo National Forest

Dec. 2006       Conducted 2nd Lolo Creek Assessment Tour

Jan. 2007        Kicked off Noxious Weed campaign

April 2007       Conducted Earth Day Service Project: Volunteers stenciled “Dump No Waste” onLolo stormdrains to educate residents and protect the aquifer; co-sponsored by the Missoula Water Quality District, Missoula County Public Works & Lolo Super Stop

May 2007       Hosted a Water Forum of panel presentations by various water agencies

Accomplishments Fall 2007 – Spring 2008

Annual Report for 2008