Branch 18 restoration Project receives help from Yellowston2Yukon

Branch 18 restoration Project receives help from Yellowston2Yukon

Y2Y who’s website can be found at https://y2y.net/ has provided funding to help with the restoration of branch 18 creek near Freeman Meadow.

The purpose of this project is to re-vegetate and restore riparian function along the lower reach of Branch 18 Creek, a 300 m section above the confluence with Freeman Creek in the area known as Freeman Meadow. Historic forest harvesting adjacent to streambanks, construction of access roads within and along riparian areas, rail lines and unrestricted cattle grazing have contributed to degradation of riparian function and health along Branch 18 Creek.
Freeman Meadow is part of a historic and regionally significant wetland complex supporting a wide range of wildlife species. It is high value grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) and ungulate habitat and an important trans-boundary migratory corridor. Freeman Creek and its tributaries are habitat to a genetically pure strain of westslope cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi), rainbow trout (O. mykiss), bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) and sculpin (Cottus sp.) (imapBC). Westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout are provincially blue-listed as a species of special concern. Freeman Meadow also supports plants that are culturally important to the Ktunaxa Nation which have been identified along Branch 18 creek and a mitigation/enhancement plan is part of the restoration proposal.
The plan is to restore highly eroded sections along the lower reach of Branch 18 creek, using live plants and woody debris. A detailed restoration plan has been drafted and is ready to be implemented.
The project is a collaboration with local ranchers, Ktunaxa Nation Band members, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and a Masse Environmental Consultants, Ltd.

 

Thanks for Y2Y for helping fund this project.