As part of Big Sky Shuttles’ SAVE THE CANYON…RIDE THE COACH campaign, Tracie Pabst, owner of BSS, will donate $1 from every luxury airport shuttle seat booked during the 2019 winter season to the Gallatin River Task Force.
The Voice of the River
You have the power to protect the Gallatin River, now and forever.
The Gallatin River Task Force board, staff, and campaign committee are excited to announce the public phase of the Gallatin River Forever Campaign. Our goal is to raise $1.2 million for river conservation and improved access projects, education and outreach opportunities with our community, organizational stability, and water quality monitoring.
Meet Andrea McElwain. Andrea is the first Gallatin River Ranger to work for the Custer Gallatin National Forest. This summer, her focus is to improve river access and user experience along the Gallatin. We sat down with Andrea the other day to learn a little bit more about her and what she’s been up to this summer.
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.
Help the Gallatin River Task Force and the Custer Gallatin National Forest preserve the Gallatin River for generations to come. Join us for a volunteer project on Monday, May 21st at 9:30 AM to install fencing around streamside vegetation planted at Moose Creek Flat. This opportunity is part of a long-term effort to improve river health and public safety in Gallatin Canyon.
The Gallatin River Task Force said farewell to three familiar faces on our board of directors and welcomed five new members to the team this winter. Ron Bowlin, San Goveia, and Nancy Sheil contributed years of service to the Task Force. With their guidance, the Task Force grew from a single, part-time coordinator to a small organization with multiple employees. We will miss their insight, humor, and talent, but are excited to welcome Rob McRae, Michael Jacquard, JeNelle Johnson, Bill Collins, and Ennion Williams aboard.
Last month, I was invited to join Montanans for Healthy Rivers on a trip to Washington D.C. The purpose of this trip was to meet with the Montana delegation to understand the next steps for passage of the East Rosebud Wild and Scenic bill (S. 501 and H.R. 4645) and to discuss the overwhelming support from Montanas for a broader Wild and Scenic bill that would include the Upper Gallatin River, Porcupine Creek, and the Taylor Fork. Montanans for Healthy Rivers is a coalition of families, business owners, sportsmen, farmers, ranchers, agency officials, land trusts, and conservation organizations working together to conserve free-flowing rivers in Montana for future generations.
Don’t miss “Of Wilderness and Resorts: 150 Years of Change in Gallatin Canyon and Big Sky” on March 16th at 6:00 PM at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center. Join us to engage in the intersection of past and present and explore the region’s evolution from ranches…to resorts…to a tourism economy.
The Volunteer Task Force is a diverse group of river lovers dedicated to making a measurable difference in the health of the Gallatin River. In 2017, 156 individuals donated over 1,000 hours to monitor water quality, implement the Gallatin River Fly Fishing Festival, and build a sustainable organization.
In November, the Task Force welcomed not only the approaching holiday and ski season but also a new Water Conservation Program Coordinator. Emily Casey, our 2016 & 2017 Big Sky Watershed Corps Member transitioned to a new role as a full-time employee to help inspire a water conservation ethic across the community through two main projects: a water conservation rebate program and drought resilience planning.