Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited

For the past 20 years, the Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited has led the effort to restore the Blackfoot River watershed and its fishery in partnership with several local, state, and federal agencies, other nonprofits, private landowners and a broad range of private donors.  Our restoration program is a voluntary, nonregulatory program which is centered on implementing restoration projects that have an objective of being a “win-win” for both the resource and private landowners. Since 1990, the Blackfoot Restoration Partners have worked with over 200 landowners on 680 different projects.

The Blackfoot is a biologically productive, relatively undeveloped watershed, with one of only twelve blue-ribbon trout streams in Montana flowing through it. To date, it is also a stronghold for native trout, but this status is the result of many years of collaboration and on the ground efforts. Through an incredible partnership and a visionary approach throughout the Blackfoot River watershed, the results have been encouraging:

  • Over 90 miles of instream habitat restored
  • Over 78 miles of riparian habitats restored
  • 2700 acres of wetland restored
  • Over 600 miles of fish passage barriers removed
  • 20 fish screens installed.
  • 50,000 acres under grazing management systems
  • Instream water leases on seven key tributaries
  • Over $9,000,000 directed towards on-the-ground projects (less than 5% spent on administrative/overhead costs)

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