Guest column: Gallatin Valley is better together By EJ Porth, Gallatin Valley Land Trust Associate Director May 15, 2024 We have an organizational value at the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) that we call “Better Together,” humbly recognizing that our ability to successfully complete our mission depends on the passion, expertise, and perspective of our partners. Nothing embodies this value … Read More

Mountain Range Finder and Medicine Wheel Coming Soon May 24, 2024 Installation of the much-anticipated Mountain Range Finder and Medicine Wheel at the top of Peets Hill has begun! As you may remember, the ground was prepared last fall, and the site was dedicated at the special Indigenous People’s Day Celebration atop Peets Hill in October. While the completion date … Read More

Kris Deason’s 12-hour walk May 24, 2024 On a long drive back from North Dakota, Bozeman local Kris Deason was listening to a podcast that inspired her to do something special—spend 12 hours on local trails—walking, outside, unplugged, alone. The podcast featured Colin O’Brady, a 10-time world record-breaking explorer and New York Times bestselling author. He told his story, beginning … Read More

Gallatin Valley Land Trust: Building partnerships that work Explore Big Sky April 30, 2024 By Benjamin Alva Polley Editor’s note: In the coming weeks, Explore Big Sky will highlight three local nonprofits devoted to protecting our local lands and waterways who have partnered with our publisher, Outlaw Partners on this summer’s Wildlands Festival. Meet our first, Gallatin Valley Land Trust. For … Read More

Outlaw Partners Announces Wildlands Festival Beneficiaries Big Sky event ticket sales and donations raise funds for wild and open spaces. BIG SKY, Mont., April 30, 2024 – Outlaw Partners is thrilled to share that Wildlands Festival has chosen three local organizations dedicated to preserving wild and open spaces as the beneficiaries for the 2024 event, August 1-3. This year, The … Read More

GVLT Conservation Stewardship team preparing for field season Spring is not only an exciting time of year for our Trails team, which is preparing for upcoming trail enhancement and maintenance projects and volunteer events, but also for GVLT’s Conservation Stewardship team. This month, our Stewardship team has begun preparing for a busy season of visiting with over 100 families who … Read More

New safe crossing on east-west ‘Raptor Route’ Next week, GVLT contractors will begin work on another key connection in a series of trails that will ultimately traverse from the Gallatin River to the west to the M trailhead to the east. A new protected pedestrian crossing will be installed on Durston Avenue between Laurel Parkway and North Cottonwood Drive along … Read More

Guest column: What makes a ‘livable’ community? March 21, 2024 By Matthew Madsen, Research Associate II at the Western Transportation Institute That answer may be different for just about everyone. A “livable” community could be access to health care and education, or a community that embraces differences and makes space for all. It could be access to affordable housing, or … Read More

Popular Outdoor Podcast Digs Into Land Trusts Ryan “Cal” Callaghan, host of Cal’s Week in Review, a popular podcast from the Meateater Network, recently sat down with GVLT Executive Director Chet Work, Montana Land Reliance Managing Director Kendall Van Dyk, and Montana Association of Land Trusts Executive Director Marcus Strange to dig into lands trusts and conservation easements. The three … Read More

Top Mud Season Tips and Trail Alternatives It’s that time of year again—when the weather can change by the hour. Early spring brings “mud season,” when the ground becomes a sloppy, soupy mess, and trail conditions can be described as “variable” at best. Nothing fills the GVLT Trails team with anxiety quite like mud season, when our beloved local trails … Read More