Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Culvert Replacements Small Part in Larger Restoration Goals


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The replacement culvert on Little Shanley Creek. This was to allow for aquatic organism passage and to reduce the risk of culvert failure. This is one example of the 43 stream crossing improvements implemented through the Southwestern Crown Collaborative; part of the national Collaborative Forest Landscape.

OVANDO - The Lolo National Forest (LNF) just completed the fourth culvert replacement on streams in the Seeley Lake Ranger District (SLRD). Culverts for Spring, Cottonwood, McCabe and most recently Little Shanley Creeks have been replaced in the north Ovando landscape. These culvert replacements are just one example of the ongoing efforts made possible by the Southwestern Crown Collaborative (SWCC) and the Collaborative Landscape Restoration Program. Two more culverts down the road from Little Shanley Creek will be replaced next year.

In 2010, the SWCC received funding devoted to restorat...

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