Voice of the River

Top Ten Stories from 2018

At the Gallatin River Task Force, we feel that this past year was filled with phenomenal growth. We partnered with the Custer Gallatin National Forest to complete our first large-scale restoration project in Gallatin Canyon, hired two staff members, and recruited volunteer talent to our board of directors.

In case you missed the action, we present the top ten stories from 2018, according to Google Analytics. Thank you for your connection to the Task Force.

1. New Faces Join Gallatin River Task Force Board of Directors

The Gallatin River Task Force said farewell to three familiar faces on their board of directors in 2017 and welcomed five new members to the team during the winter of 2018.  Learn more.

2. Twenty-One Answers to Questions You May Have Had About Algae Blooms

The algae bloom on the Gallatin River was the talk of the town during the summer of 2018. And for good reason. Learn more. 

3. Didymo: A Nuisance Native Species

Meet Didymosphenia geminata (didymo). Didymo has been spotted growing in the Gallatin River and its tributaries. Learn more.

4. Meet Friend of the Gallatin Members, Mary Pat and Jim Harris

Mary Pat and Jim Harris, owners of Bozeman Spirits Distillery, are big supporters of the Gallatin River: they are both a Friend of the Gallatin Bronze Business member and a Gallatin River Fly Fishing Festival partner. Learn more.

5. High Nitrogen Levels Measured in the West Fork of the Gallatin River

Nitrogen levels measured in the West Fork of the Gallatin River during summer 2018 were some of the highest ever recorded, which may have contributed to increased algae in the Gallatin River, according to the Gallatin River Task Force. Learn more. 

6. Gallatin River Task Force Welcomes Ryan Newcomb as Development Director

Ryan Newcomb stepped into his role as the first full-time Development Director for the Gallatin River Task Force on November 15, 2018. Learn more.

7. Six Volunteers Who Went Above and Beyond in 2018

In 2018, 150 volunteers donated over 1,000 hours to the Gallatin River Task Force, which represents a $24,250 in-kind contribution to the organization. Learn more.

8. Meet Gallatin River Ranger, Andrea McElwain

Andrea is the first Gallatin River Ranger to work for the Custer Gallatin National Forest. Learn more. 

9. Presentation of Repeat Photographs Will Showcase 150 Years of Change in Gallatin Canyon

The presentation featured repeat photography, that is a comparison of historic photos and modern retakes of the same location, to show how places and the landscape change (or do not change) over time. Learn more.

10. The 2018 Fly Fishing Film Tour Lands in Big Sky on March 21

The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) made a splash in Big Sky on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the Lone Peak Cinema with two showings at 5 and 8 PM. Learn more.


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