Habitat Restoration Underway at O’Dell Wetlands

Posted by Admin October - 6 - 2009 - Tuesday

In 2005 in Madison County, Montana, a cooperative effort to restore a wetlands area was initiated by private landowners, state and federal agencies, and local nonprofit organizations. In July 2009, Confluence was retained by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to monitor the roughly 16 acre wetlands. Confluence staff completed wetland, open water, and vegetative mapping in addition to gathering wetland soils data. Stream monitoring has also taken place to develop a water surface profile. Greater sandhill cranes are known to nest in the area, and Rocky Mountain trumpeter swans winter on the site. Vegetation transects that Confluence has established allow detection of community changes, including status of noxious weed infestations. All of Confluence’s work has been completed in compliance with Corps of Engineers requirements.

O'Dell Monitoring

The O'Dell Wetland Monitoring Site is located in historic ranching country.