What We Do

Partnerships

The Lolo Watershed has a rich history of use for a variety of purposes. This ancient trail of the Salish and Pend d’Orielle people was also used by allied tribes to the West, including the Nez Perce, where it was favored as hunting and fishing grounds. Lewis and Clark camped and traveled through it while on their expedition. Today this vibrant ecosystem continues to provide us with agriculture, recreation, hunting and fishing, timber production, along with residential and commercial development. LWG recognizes that to adequately represent the diversity of interests, our partnerships must be strong, diverse, continually growing, and continually collaborating. 

Above: Photos from our 2023 Kids Fly Fishing Day event. Click the arrows on the photos to move through the gallery.

Education

LWG provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about science in an outdoor context. Our typical education programs introduce concepts like clean water, sediment pollution, watershed function and the water cycle. These lessons are spent outside, near a stream to ‘see’ Lolo Creek with new insight.

Objectives:

    • Present science in an imaginative and relatable way.
    • Provide a clearer understanding of the function and requirements of a healthy watershed and how we impact those waters.
    • Foster a conservation mindset and future stewards of our water resources.

In recent years, the Lolo Watershed Group has teamed up with the Watershed Education Network and Clark Fork Watershed Education Program to teach students about sedimentation in the Lolo Watershed. Instructors lead lessons which focus on the biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of Lolo Creek.

These events are made possible by an annual education grant funded by the Montana Association of Conservation Districts (formerly Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana). The Lolo Watershed Group reapplies each year to continue providing this hands-on learning opportunity for local middle school students.

Public Outreach

Each year, LWG hosts a lecture series at Traveler’s Rest State Park that is open to the public. Past topics have included biological weed control, Living with Beaver and Fire, results of an extensive Lolo hydrologic study, tracking bull trout through eDNA research, and a free kids fly fishing clinic.

Check out our upcoming outreach on our Get Involved page!

Above: Photos from our Traveler’s Rest tree planting project. Click the arrows on the photos to move through the gallery.

Restoration Work

Our restoration projects share common themes found in the Lolo Watershed Restoration Plan: improve stream health, address climate impacts, and honor landowner commitments.