Loyal Garden Subdivision, Bozeman, Montana
Loyal Garden encompasses 75 acres of an historic homesite located on one of the primary entryways to Bozeman. Surface water resources within the project included the source of Baxter Creek, the Farmer’s Canal, a large, wooded wetland, and three on-stream reservoirs constructed in the 1970s. Mitigation for impacted wetlands targeted the restoration of the Baxter Creek channel and separation of the reservoirs from the channel, which was critical to maintaining the water temperatures and stream velocities necessary for a thriving fishery.
VES coordinated the project team and the city, Army Corps, Conservation District, Farmer’s Canal ditch board, and Fish, Wildlife and Parks to successfully implement the mitigation plan. The on-stream reservoirs were replaced with a one-acre, off-stream pond vegetated with salvaged wetland plants, containerized trees, and seed. The channel and pond were protected from fertilizers and sediment by a 50-foot wide native upland buffer. Loyal Garden met the success criteria and permit conditions in 2011 after four years of monitoring.