Balancing Conservation and Recreation January 15, 2021 2020 highlighted challenges around recreation in our growing community. The pandemic pushed us outside and even accelerated the migration of people to our valley. GVLT heard more concerns over pressure points on our trails and open lands than ever before. We have been reckoning with these challenges for years.  How do we conserve … Read More

Riverside and Wide Open January 1, 2021 GVLT is excited to have closed its 116th conservation easement just before the end of 2020. This new easement protects 62 acres of prime farmland and waterfront habitat that are situated along the East Gallatin River and lower Dry Creek. Two other conserved properties, a 160-acre easement and a 100-acre easement along the … Read More

Why I Give: Erika Flowers Finishes the Year Strong December 21, 2020 I sat down to write this on the morning of Saturday, November 7, a few minutes past 11:00 a.m. Earlier that morning, the Associated Press called the 2020 election. Images of celebration alongside protest filled my social feeds. I spent the morning out on the trails near Mt. … Read More

 Why I Give: Sheryl Ott finds healing on the trails December 12, 2020 “You have breast cancer.” I will never forget the sound of these words, or where I was when I received the call from the hospital.  I was in the parking garage just off Main Street.  It was cold enough for me to see my breath as my … Read More

Why I Give: Jake Teselle, Co-Owner of Crooked Yard Hops December 12, 2020 I grew up on our family farm just south of Bozeman, but I didn’t begin farming on my own until we started the Hop Yards in 2015. Hops are incredible to watch grow –  not a lot of plants grow to 18 feet tall every year!  Plus, … Read More

Off-Leash Dog Trails and Parks in Bozeman All parks and trails within the City of Bozeman limits are ON LEASH unless otherwise designated and signed. The following are designated OFF LEASH areas within the City of Bozeman: Cooper Park Peets Hill/Burke Park Gallatin County Regional Park (in designated area) Bozeman Pond (in designated fenced dog park) Snowfill Recreation Area Story … Read More

Mountain Biking Trails in Bozeman The trails around Bozeman are busier than ever. While mountain bikes are technically allowed on many trails, some are better than others.  With more people than ever exploring the outdoors, it is best to choose from this list of trails that are regularly visited by bikers and suited to a good ride! Highland Glen Nature … Read More

Legacy Ranch Owner Protects 1/4 Mile Along Yellowstone River October 16, 2020 We’ve established our 114th Conservation Easement! This is our fourth conservation easement with visionary rancher Tim Solso, the owner of Legacy Ranch. This new donated conservation easement is adjacent to his 590-acre protected ranch and is situated on a steep bluff overlooking the Yellowstone River. If you have … Read More

AMB West Philanthropies awards GVLT a three-year grant September 18, 2020 Photo by Louise Johns Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) established its first conservation easement in the beautiful Paradise Valley in 1995 on the banks of the mighty Yellowstone River. Since then, we have remained engaged in the valley and have partnered with another 10 landowners to protect nearly 5,100 … Read More

Triangle Area Trails Plan is a collaboration between Gallatin County and the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, with additional assistance from the Cities of Belgrade and Bozeman. Sanderson Stewart is the lead consultant in the development of the plan. The project seeks to create a master plan for future trails within the Triangle area, generally located between Belgrade, Bozeman, and Four … Read More