Guest column: Setting the direction for our community’s future By Bill Cochran for Bozeman Daily Chronicle September 10, 2022 Our community’s rapid growth has highlighted the need for the Gallatin Valley Land Trust to evaluate our impact and to set a strategic direction for our future. The challenges our community faces are daunting but opportunities for new trails and conservation … Read More

Land trust plans advance for Peets Hill Development by Taylor Brandt for the MSU Exponent September 17, 2022 Last January, Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) and the City of Bozeman secured a $1.2 million purchase of 12 acres of land on the south end of Peets Hill. Now, these two organizations are working together to plan improvements to this new … Read More

Bringing your best self to our shared outdoor spaces By Nell Gehrke, guest columnist for Bozeman Daily Chronicle August 13, 2022 I recently hiked Hyalite Peak with my partner. It was a gorgeous day filled with paintbrush reds, biscuit root yellows, conifer greens, soft sky blues, and lupine purples. The soothing sounds of falling water and easy company made the … Read More

A CONTINUING OPEN SPACE SUCCESS STORY Bozeman Daily Chronicle Editorial Board August 16, 2022 Local property owners’ reluctance to tax themselves further has manifest itself in the rejection of bond issues to fund local courts and law enforcement buildings on several occasions in recent years. But when it comes to the area’s quality of life amenities — like preserving open … Read More

Guest column: Knowing what you’ve got before it’s gone July 16, 2022 By Chet Work for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle I once heard someone refer to the farms and ranches that make up our wide-open spaces around southwest Montana as “empty”. They believed that the highest and best use for private land is development, as if open land is somehow … Read More

The quiet, impactful side of GVLT’s conservation stewardship April 14, 2022 Bozeman Daily Chronicle Guest Column By Chet Work Throughout southwest Montana the landscape is emerging from winter and wildlife are bustling at the first signs of spring. Nesting eagles eye spawning trout in creeks and wobbling fawns wander through pastures alongside newly born calves. Just as you are excitedly … Read More

Bozeman, land trust close deal for Peets Hill land By Nora Shelly, Bozeman Daily Chronicle January 21, 2021 It’s official: 12 acres off Bozeman’s iconic Peets Hill will be preserved as a city park. The city and the Gallatin Valley Land Trust finalized the sale of a chunk of land at the southern end of the hill on Wednesday, according … Read More

Bozeman commission to consider purchase of Peets Hill addition By Nora Shelley, Bozeman Daily Chronicle Staff Writer December 10, 2021 Bozeman city commissioners plan to consider next week whether the city should spend $800,000 to seal the deal on a purchase of 12 acres of land on Peets Hill. The plot of land up for sale is at the far … Read More

160-acre property in Middle Cottonwood Canyon secured for public By Helena Dore with Bozeman Daily Chronicle September 16, 2021 A 160-acre piece of land in the West Bridger Mountains that was once private is now public thanks to a local family, a land trust and various donors. Staff from the Gallatin Valley Land Trust and the U.S. Forest Service gathered … Read More

Guest column: Peets Hill offers shared space, mutual history By EJ Porth for Bozeman Daily Chronicle September 4, 2021 There is a common saying at the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT), “By building trails, we build community.” The power of this saying became abundantly clear last month when 12 acres at the south end of Peets Hill was suddenly for … Read More