|Become a Volunteer|
Volunteer River Corps (VRC) is a group of citizens that represents the Clark Fork Coalition and acts in direct service to protect and restore the Clark Fork River. The mission of the VRC is to engage Clark Fork River residents in hands-on activities that promote a healthy watershed, foster increased awareness and instill stewardship within the community.
As a River Corps Volunteer, you can participate in ways that pertain to your individual interests and skills. You will also receive relevant trainings that expand your knowledge and skillset, enabling participation in specialized activities and projects. Stay tuned for relevant job descriptions for more information.
Tues July 8 | 5:30 pm | The Buckthorn Stops Here: Buckthorn is an aggressive plant that is choking out native vegetation along Rattlesnake Creek. Will you help us pull this nasty invasive that's causing havoc along one of Missoula's most beloved backyard creeks? Bring gloves and sturdy shoes and meet us at Pineview Park in the Rattlesnake on Tues July 8 at 5:30 pm.
Sat July 19 | 9:30a-4:30p | Fencing and Fishing at MPG Ranch: Staff at MPG Ranch in the Bitterroot Valley are looking for volunteers to help install wildlife-friendly fencing. The reward? Exclusive access to an evening of fly-fishing along the Bitterroot. Lunch and supplies provided, wear gloves and work clothes. Meet at 9 am on Sat July 19 at the CFC office in Missoula to carpool to MPG.
Sat July 26 | 9a-4p | Blackfoot River Cleanup: Help remove trash from one of western Montana's most beloved rivers at the annual Blackfoot River Cleanup.Volunteers should meet on July 26 at 9 am at Johnsrud Park access site (north on Highway 200 between mile markers 11 and 12).
You can help to restore and protect the Clark Fork River in many ways:
RESTORE - Get Dirty:
- Remove dangerous fencing and invasive species
- Plant and water new vegetation
- Assist with other rehabilitation projects
- Upcoming: Willow Waddles and Beaver Wraps - River Trail Restoration Projects in partnership with Missoula Parks and Recreation (May-Sept)
CLEAN UP - Keep it Clean:
- Lead clean-up efforts across Missoula
- Upcoming - Reserve St. Cleanup April 5 (Training scheduled for April 1), Clark Fork River Cleanup April 19
MONITOR - Track Progress:
- Monitor snowpack to inform stream flows
- Assess water quality and habitat before and after restoration work
- Upcoming - Snowpack Monitoring March 1, 29, 26, RAC Monitoring (May) and River Restoration Monitoring in Upper Clark Fork (Aug-Sept)
Stay on Call:
- Send alerts and write letters to the editor
- Hang flyers, distribute newsletters, stuff envelopes
- Testify at hearings or lobby for the river
- Upcoming - Letter writing campaign re. exempt wells - Date TBD
So Why Join Volunteer River Corps?
- To make a real-time difference
- To give back to the river you use and enjoy, ensuring its health for the future
- To build real-world skills that boost your knowledge base and resume
- To fulfill service requirements
- To make new friends
- To get out and see some less treaded parts of the watershed
- To earn membership perks and fashionable Clark Fork Coalition attire
- To have FUN!
The Volunteer River Corps started its first year with a bang, making a real difference for the Clark Fork Watershed in 2013. Together, we:
-Trekked 12+ miles on snowshoes (twice!) to monitor snowpack at an official Snowcourse site in the Bitterroot
-Collected 1,400 willow cuttings in the Bitterroot to use for future riparian planting projects
-Planted 250 willows at the mouth of Rock Creek
-Surveyed miles of public land in the Ninemile as part of a beaver habitat study
-Collected dozens of bags of trash at the first annual Fall River Cleanup
We’re All in This Together
Are you another watershed group or agency in need of capable and committed volunteers to fill in a data gap, support your restoration efforts or collaborate on a project in the Clark Fork watershed? If so, please feel free to get in touch with us to start a conversation on how we can help.
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We'll kick off the 2014 season with snowpack monitoring in March. See you there!