Upper Blackfoot Confluence
A Conservation Partnership
Ours is an unlikely partnership of three mining companies and two conservation
groups forged to improve the fishery and watershed health of Idaho’s Upper Blackfoot River.
Historically, the Upper Blackfoot River, a part of the greater Yellowstone
ecosystem, supported thriving populations of native Yellowstone cutthroat trout.
Over the years, however, human activity has degraded key river habitat and fish
populations have declined.
Each UBC partner shares a strong commitment to restoring
what has been a premier habitat for native Yellowstone cutthroat trout.
Our restoration projects demonstrate that commitment. These projects, which
include replacing old irrigation diversions with fish friendly structures; fencing
cattle off of streams; and restoring stream banks, native vegetation, and meander
patterns, have opened 25 miles of historic spawning habitat and improved the
health of the Upper Blackfoot River.
All of our projects are identified and prioritized according to rigorous assessments
of habitat conditions and fish passage obstacles as well as analyses of available
data on fish populations.
We don’t work alone. Since our inception in 2012, we’ve worked collaboratively
with local landowners and ranchers, federal and state government agencies, and
tribes. Furthermore, we've enhanced the impact of our restoration projects through
collaboration with these partners on complimentary projects of their own.