Valley West Planned Unit Development,
An extensive network of lakes, streams, and trails constructed on 300 acres at Valley West over the last decade make the subdivision one of the most desirable places to live within the Bozeman city limits. The 404 Individual Permit and Mitigation Plan required public scoping and detailed the construction of 47 acres of mitigation wetlands and restored waterways including the five-acre Meyer’s Lake, twelve-acre Wing Lake, and ten-acre Baxter Creek wetland complex. Construction and revegetation designs drafted by VES detailed the establishment of natural-looking wetland, riparian, and lacustrine habitats. The project team coordinated by VES included firms specializing in architecture, engineering, stream design, construction, landscape architecture, landscaping, and well installation.
Ms. Vaughn oversaw the selection, procurement, and installation of salvaged wetland sod and willow cuttings, wetland tubelings, trees and shrubs, and three seed mixes planted on the lake shores, streambanks, and emergent wetlands. Boardwalks within the Baxter Creek and Wing Lake complexes were designed to minimize impacts to the underlying wetland. VES coordinated with the property owners, residents, fish habitat specialists, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) to enhance the educational and recreational opportunities at Meyer’s Lake by stocking Westslope cutthroat trout. Seven years of comprehensive mitigation monitoring reports have documented the creation of valuable fish, wildlife, and waterfowl habitat within the municipal boundaries.