Renowned Montana artist, Monte Dolack unveils painting highlighting Madison Valley creek restoration

Monte Dolack

Seeds that stayed dormant around O’Dell Creek for half a century are starting to sprout native plants.

The vegetation came back naturally after public and private partners spent over a decade restoring the stream’s channel and surrounding wetlands.

On a bluff overlooking O’Dell Creek, renowned Montana artist Monte Dolack on Thursday unveiled a painting of the meandering spring creek in the Madison Valley.

NorthWestern Energy has funded 63 monitoring, habitat restoration, species introduction and miscellaneous projects at the creek since 2000, according to the public utility company. Its total investment in the work is $2.9 million. Another $830,000 in matching funds has come from partners.



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