The Largest Wetland Restoration Project in Montana's History


Back in 2015, Swan Valley Connections (SVC) had been contracted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to conduct vegetation surveys and create a map of vegetative communities across the entire 1,979-acre Swan River National Wildlife Refuge (refuge). The refuge is managed by the USFWS and was the first step to restore hundreds of acres of wetlands previously manipulated prior to the USFWS purchasing the property in 1973.

The manipulations began in the 1920s when there was the nation’s largest muskrat fur farm on the property. The land was later hayed and grazed by homesteaders. Nu...

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