On May 15, 2017 Madison River Foundation staff, volunteers and BLM staff collaborated on a willow and birch planting day. 500 cut willows, potted willows and birch trees were planted along the Madison on BLM land. The different plantings will test the most effective way to increase vegetation along the Madison’s main stem. Several of the plants will be fenced and others will be left without the fencing to compare the plots. The comparison will guide Madison River Foundation’s plantings in 2018. The goal of the project is to help cool waters and increase shade for fish and wildlife.