Distinctly Montana Magazine

Winter 2011

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BEFORE Partners in the O’Dell Creek Headwaters Project: • Army Corps of Engineers • Avian Science Center/ University of Montana • Ducks Unlimited, Inc. • Intermountain West Joint Venture • Madison River Foundation • Missouri River Conservation District Council • Montana Department of Environmental Quality • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks/ Migratory Bird Stamp Program • Montana Land Reliance • Montana Natural Heritage Program • Montana Wetlands Legacy Partnership • PPL Montana • River Design Group • Trout Unlimited, Inc. • Trust for Public Land • U.S. Bureau of Land Management • U.S.D.A. Farm Service Agency • U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ing the fishery of the Madison River.” Laszlo is also proud of the green jobs generated by the restoration project. “Another really im- portant public benefit is economic. This project has generated a lot of jobs. They’re not 9-to-5 everyday jobs but each year we hire contractors, peo- ple to haul materials, fencers, weed spray- ers, use of hotels and restaurants and right on down the line,” he said. “There is sort of an economic stimulus here. They’re all more or less green jobs. We’re not building an asphalt plant. We’re building something that has a real envi- ronmental benefit.” The ultimate goal is to restore the entire system which would be roughly 30-40 miles of meander- ing stream channels and 80,000 acre of wetlands in total. AFTER “the real reward is the result,” he said. Kimberley Yablonski is a freelance writer who contributes to several Montana magazines. She can be reached at yablonski357@comcast.net. MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY BOZEMAN, MONTANA  DISCOVER STRONG ACADEMICS, REAL WORLD RESEARCH AND CREATIVE PROJECTS, AND THE ENERGY OF AN ACTIVE ROCKY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY.  EXCEL | DISCOVER | CREATE | CONNECT | SERVE | EXPLORE SCHEDULE A VISIT: 888-MSU-CATS WWW.MONTANA.EDU www.distinctlymontana.com 71

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