The Tryan Project is a streambank restoration project currently in progress. The project encompasses over 5,000 feet of stream along Prickly Pear Creek, where many banks are actively eroding and highly incised; lacking vegetation to hold the banks in place, as well as connectivity to its floodplain to dissipate high flow events.
Many local partners and volunteers have contributed to the success of this project, including: Lewis and Clark Conservation District, Lake Helena Watershed Group, Lewis and Clark Water Quality Protection District, MT FWP, MT DEQ, and private landowners.
Landowners were interested in implementing restoration on their properties as they experience land loss from sloughing and eroding banks.
The major outcomes of this restoration project are aimed to:
- Reduce landowner property loss
- Improve in-stream and riparian habitats
- Improve livestock and grazing management, implement BMPs *
- Stabilize the stream channel
- Improve fish habitat and increase fish populations in Prickly Pear Creek
- Reduce the amount of sediment loading in Prickly Pear Creek
*visit this page to learn more about Best Management Practices (BMPs)