Community Trails Program Manager

“I am excited to be part of the amazing community efforts to enhance trails and quality of life opportunities in and around Bozeman. ”

Matt Marcinek began a career in public land management with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in 1985. His diverse tenure included stints at a lighthouse on Lake Erie and a park in Pennsylvania’s historic Cook Forest. An opportunity to work with Montana State Parks brought him to Montana in 2005. First based in Great Falls, he managed a diverse set of state parks in north central Montana including Giant Springs State Park. As part of an effective group of trail constituents and community leaders in Great Falls, Matt lent energy and leadership to an ambitious plan to extend and maintain high-quality trails along the Missouri River that are now part of Great Falls’ exceptional River’s Edge Trail system. He then transferred to Bozeman where he administered parks like Lewis & Clark Caverns and Missouri Headwaters, helping to improve trail systems there among other duties. A combined twenty-seven years of stewardship of parks, historical and cultural sites, trails, and recreation areas, and a lifetime as an ardent and appreciative trail user have taught Matt a great deal about the important ways trails bring people and landscapes together. Envisioning, building and maintaining trails for Gallatin Valley Land Trust is a dream job for Matt, drawing on his firm belief, as well as his personal observations, that trails change lives and communities in uncounted, positive ways. Matt lives in Bozeman with his wife Lisa Easton, an artist as well as a hiker, climber and Nordic skier.