O'Dell Creek Restoration
Client / Agency
Granger Ranches, L.P
Granger Ranches LLC, PPL Montana, MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks, US Fish & Wildlife Service,Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Farm Service Agency, Trust for Public Land, MT Land Reliance
2005 to Present
O’Dell Creek, a spring-fed tributary to the Madison River, was straightened and ditched in the early 1900s to improve agricultural efficiency. Channel modifications led to channel incision and wetland draining. RDG has worked with the landowners, participating agencies and stakeholders to complete a multi-phase restoration project. To date, approximately 9 miles of spring creek and 500 acres of riparian wetlands have been restored. Construction slated for 2011 will include an additional 2 miles of channel and additional wetland development.
Bringing The Past Into The Present
As a photographer and story teller I have always been drawn to projects that have meaning…meaning to the betterment of the land, our heritage and our responsibility to inform and inspire future generation, both in our country and the planet as a whole. Ken W. Hall
Montana Land Reliance Annual Report 2013
As recently as 2004, the headwaters of O'Dell Spring Creek existed in an altered, deep drainage ditches, excavated in the 1950s in an attempt to improve agricultural operations.