In 2003, Trout Unlimited and the USDA Forest Service in cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies initiated a comprehensive restoration program to rehabilitate a seven-mile reach of Ninemile Creek within the Housum Placer, a private 250-acre patented mining claim. Data collection included acquisition of LiDAR and channel bathymetry, soil investigations, field calibration of project hydrology and regional regression analyses, as well as sediment transport, hydraulic, and geomorphic investigations, and vegetation community mapping. To date, three miles of Ninemile Creek have been restored spanning four construction phases, including 32 acres of riparian floodplain, and four tributary reconnections.

John Muhlfeld

Trout Unlimited
US Forest Service
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Missoula County

Huson, Montana

Geomorphic Departure Analysis
LiDAR Acquisition
Preliminary and Final Design Drawings
Regulatory Permitting
Bid Package Development
Construction Management