Prickly Pear Land Trust is well-known for projects like Tenmile Creek Park, its extensive community trails system and spring trail run, but nestled north of the Tenmile Creek is Sevenmile Creek and an impressive stream restoration project led by PPLT.
A 21-second video at Sevenmile last week shows a healthy streambank and the audio features abundant songbirds in the area. PPLT acquired the 358-acre property in 2016 and the place definitely needed significant work.
PPLT has partnered with several entities to restore the functions of the stream and floodplain, has reestablished wetlands and ponds, is rebuilding the creek’s riparian area and restoring stream health. 2020 should be the final year for property and stream restoration major work projects. From PPLT’s website: By rebuilding the creek, our largest restoration project to date, native wildlife, vegetation, and fisheries may expand and thrive, while the property relieves flooding downstream and prevents sediments from entering Helena’s water.