This fall, the Lewis and Clark County Water Quality Protection District worked with landowner David Brown to create a riparian pasture. Riparian pastures are “an alternative to complete exclusion of the riparian area to livestock, for improvement of fisheries habitat, in-stream flows, and establishment of cottonwoods, willows, and other woody riparian species. A riparian pasture is a relatively small pasture that can still be grazed for a portion of the year. Benefits of riparian pastures include improved management flexibility, the ability to use livestock grazing to manage weeds and overgrown vegetation, improved access for wildlife to stream areas, and decreased maintenance costs of fencing and off-stream water resources.” -Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana website.

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