Our beloved Big Hole watershed was recently featured in not one, but TWO, fantastic newspaper articles!
This article by the Montana Standard gives an in-depth review of the Big Hole’s history: ‘This is Montana’: Big Hole Country. The article summarizes the history of the Big Hole, touching on Native American use, “discovery” by Lewis & Clark, turn-of-the-century (1900) mining & logging, and current agriculture and recreational use.
The second article, this one by Montana Outdoors, focuses more on environmental activism and collaboration in the Big Hole watershed and specifically features the Big Hole Watershed Committee: Montana Outdoors: Give a Big Hand for the Big Hole.
This article sets the scene of severe drought in the late 1980s and describes the development of BHWC & the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan in the 1990s. It then brings the reader up-to-date with results of recent project work completed by BHWC, including our French Gulch restoration project. The article closes with a guide to the best flies to use when fishing the Big Hole. Tom Reed did a wonderful job of capturing the spirit and success of conservation through collaboration.
Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard over the years to make the Big Hole River (and Watershed Committee) what it is! We are honored to have our organization & watershed featured in these two articles.