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Volunteers re-vegetate banks of Lolo Creek

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60-70 volunteers came out Friday and Saturday to plant trees along the crew's target location along Lolo Creek.

Organizers say there's a need for trees to be planted along the banks of Lolo Creek to reduce the sediment going into the water, making it much healthier for the fish habitat in the creek.

"When this fire came through, it really wiped out all of the roots and all of the trees here, and so what we're doing is replanting the trees so they can come back because otherwise none of the trees are coming back to life," said Lolo Watershed Group’s Joe Krenzelok.

Volunteers got to work planting along the banks, which included some people actually getting in the water to get the job done.

Clark Fork Coalition and Lolo Watershed Group came together for this project because they say strength in numbers gets more trees planted.

"We're covering six sites, which covers a good portion of this stream here,” said Krenzelok. “So far, just this morning, we got one sight done, so we're really moving along."

But once the planting is done, the work still isn't over for the volunteers.

"We will be monitoring the growth of these trees and coming back to water them and make sure the riparian area is staying healthy and everything," said Clark Fork Coalition’s Katie Racette.

All this work in an attempt to bring this area back to life after being devastated by the 2013 Lolo Creek Complex Fire, that burned west of the city of Lolo.

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