painted hills gap completed
Main Street now connects to mountains with trails to the south

“We’ll be more than a little proud on that summer day in the not-too-distant future when we’re able to walk the nearly ten miles of trail from Lindley Park to public land in the Hyalites and say ‘Main Street to Mountains'- We did it!”

That’s from a 1994 newsletter, four years into our founder Chris Boyd’s wild and ambitious vision to connect Bozeman’s Main Street to the public lands in the mountains. One elusive gap remained in Chris's vision and as of today we've officially connected Main Street to mountains by opening 2 miles of new trail between Painted Hills and Triple Tree. We did it!

oliver family farm conserved
549 acres conserved in gooch hill area

Driving southwest of Bozeman is a special Montana experience. Just minutes from town, the landscape opens up into a picturesque foreground of rolling hills of barley, wheat and alfalfa with sweeping vistas of the Spanish peaks in the background. This undeveloped and highly productive soil has been growing crops and supporting farming families for generations. In September, the generous Oliver Family and GVLT completed a conservation easement on the 549 acre farm, extinguishing the development rights on the property in perpetuity. Thanks to the family’s vision and commitment to agriculture, the conservation values of the land including the soils, habitat, and scenic views will be protected forever.

BOZEMAN TOPS Project updates
parks and trails bond projects making progress

It has been a busy summer for trails and parks projects funded by the Trails, Open Space and Parks Bond (TOPS). While GVLT was involved in the 2012 passage of the bond, and the implementation of some funded projects, we want to give you an update on all of the TOPS funded projects so you can see all the incredible things happening with your taxpayer dollars. Parks and trails projects are far more complicated than meets the eye so delays and obstacles are part of the process. While some projects may be opening later than expected, all partners have been working hard to provide these spaces to the public as quickly as possible. All of the following projects received funding from the City of Bozeman TOPS Bond. Currently, there is approximately $500,000 remaining to be allocated.

worth a million words
new Photos showcase beauty of GVLT conserved lands

The scenic vistas, wildlife habitat, rivers and working lands that GVLT conserves shine in the summer months. Our Stewardship Team visits each and every one of our 105 conserved properties throughout the Gallatin, Paradise, and Madison Valleys every year. Here in the office we’re pretty jealous of the breathtaking walks our Stewardship Team take in the summer so we partnered with our friend Louise Johns to capture the sights for the rest of us to enjoy.

whitney Tilt

At the end of the month we will bid a fond farewell to Board Member, Whitney Tilt. Whitney served on our Board for six years, three of which he was our Board Chair. Whitney published the wonderful Flora of Montana’s Gallatin Region and Flora of the Yellowstone guide books, the proceeds of which he generously donated to GVLT. We will miss Whitney’s expertise, wit and guidance. Thank you Whitney. We are grateful for your service.

wildwood trails

This month we're especially grateful for Ted Wood of Wildwood Trails for the hard work he put in as the contractor for the new Painted Hills connector trail. Ted and his team worked dilligently to keep trail construction on time. They were respectful of the land and aimed to keep the trail looking as natural as possible. Thank you Ted for your work on connecting Main Street to the Mountains!